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Italy’s death toll surpasses China’s

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/19/20, 05:56 pm

Despite having less than one-twentieth the population of China, Italy has seen more deaths from COVID-19. More than 3,400 people have succumbed to the disease in Italy, a country of 60 million people. China, which has a population of about 1.4 billion, had 3,248 deaths as of Friday.

How did this happen? The leader of a delegation from the Chinese Red Cross scolded Italians for not complying with the national lockdown. On a visit to Milan, Sun Shuopeng said the number of people using public transport and eating out in hotels shocked him. “Right now we need to stop all economic activity, and we need to stop the mobility of people,” he said. “All people should be staying at home in quarantine.”

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report about the devastation the pandemic has caused in Italy.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Thu, 03/19/2020 09:30 pm

    And on what basis do we think we know the death toll in China from the virus? Seems absurd to suggest that the numbers from China and the numbers from Italy are equally reliable.

  • Bully54
    Posted: Fri, 03/20/2020 03:38 pm

    It is not surprising that Italy has been struck hard with this virus given their involvement with the Chinese through OBOR. Add an aged population with a history of heavy smoking, close living quarters, national health care run by a government with questionable competency in the best of times, and a slow response by the populace (not unlike some segments of the US) and you have a recipe for what has happened in Italy.