The aging population makes them vulnerable to viruses, and the inaccurate test is thought to be the cause of Italy’s highest Covid-19 death rate.
As of March 29, the number of Covid-19 infections in Italy reached more than 97,689, with more than 10,000 deaths. On March 29 alone, the number of deaths in the country reached 756, according to the Italian Civil Protection Agency. The total number of deaths is 10,779.
When Italy entered the 6th blockade week, many people questioned why the death rate in this country is so much higher than in other countries? Experts say it is a combination of many factors, such as an aging population that makes them vulnerable to viruses and testing does not provide a full picture of the disease.
“The number of Covid-19 infections in Italy does not represent the whole number of infected people, the actual number is much higher,” Dr. Massimo Galli, head of the department of infectious diseases at Sacco Hospital in Milan told CNN. .
Only people with severe symptoms will be tested, not the entire population, that will skew the death rate. Dr Galli added that in the Bologna area, an outbreak of disease in Italy, about 5,000 people are tested every day, far below what is needed for thousands of others waiting to be tested at their homes.
A major return for testing staff is the lack of protective equipment, so they cannot increase the number of tests to have a more comprehensive assessment of the disease situation in Italy.
Another problem causing high mortality rates in Italy is related to the age of the infected person. Italy is one of the countries with the oldest population in the world, after Japan. The average age of Covid-19 patients who died in Italy is 78, the Italian Institutes of Health said on March 27.
“Italy’s public health system can save many elderly people with pre-pandemic conditions. But these patients were in really fragile situations that could be compromised by dangerous viruses like corona, ”Dr. Galli said.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and health officials are sending messages signaling the blockade in Italy will continue, despite heavy economic losses as well as disruptions to people’s lives.
“The measures (blockade) is about to expire on 3/4 will certainly be extended,” the Minister of Sub-regions Francesco Boccia told Sky TG24 of Italy. “Talking about reopening is inappropriate and irresponsible at the moment … Everyone wants to go back to normal … but they need to turn on each switch.”
The ministers will have to decide whether to officially extend the blockade in the coming days. Conte had the right to blockade the state of emergency until July 31, but after that, he was able to maintain the blockade by declaring a second emergency. But the prime minister said he wanted to lift most of the blockade in June.