Italy says 99 per cent of people who died had other illnesses

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    More than 99 per cent of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150 per cent increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the disease’s spread.

    Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government is evaluating whether to extend a nationwide lockdown beyond the beginning of April, daily La Stampa reported on Wednesday. Italy has more than 31,500 confirmed cases of the illness.

    The new study could provide insight into why Italy’s death rate, at about 8 per cent of total infected people, is higher than in other countries.

    The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18 per cent of the country’s coronavirus fatalities, finding that just three victims, or 0.8 per cent of the total, had no previous pathology.

    Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.

    More than 75 per cent had high blood pressure, about 35 per cent had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.

    Source : South China Morning Post

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