Poignant video illustrates the devastating Coronavirus death toll in Italy

The death toll due to the Coronavirus is still rising rapidly in Italy. One heartbreaking video has turned those deaths from abstract numbers reported in the news into a clear illustration of the tragedy of the situation. 

In the video, a man compares different editions of the newspaper L’Eco di Bergamo, which reports from the northern town of Bergamo in Lombardy, the worst hit region by the Coronavirus crisis. He looks at the number of people recorded in the obituaries on two different dates. 

Beginning with the 9th of February, he notes there is a page and a little listing deaths that day. He then moves on to the copy of the paper from Friday 13th March, and counts through 10 pages of obituaries.  

On 9th February, Italy had recorded just three deaths, and the government had assured its citizens that the situation was under control. By 13th March, the total positive cases had risen to 17,600 and the death toll stood at 1,266. 

The man ends the video by commenting, sarcastically, “a simple influenza.”

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Rebecca Ann Hughes

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