UPDATE: What do we know about the victims of coronavirus in Italy?

Twelve people are now known to have died in Italy from the coronavirus, which has infected over 370 people. Here's what we know about those who have died.

UPDATE: What do we know about the victims of coronavirus in Italy?
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The main similarity between all the victims is that they were elderly and some had serious underlying health conditions.

By Wednesday the death toll had risen to 12 after it was announced a 76-year old woman in the north eastern town of Treviso and a 70-year-old man who became the the first death in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Italy now has over 370 confirmed cases of the virus.

The death of the two on Wednesday came a day after authorities in the northern region of Lombardy confirmed three more fatalities.

Angelo Borelli, the chief of the regional Civil Protection agency has said that the three people who died in Lombardy on Tuesday were all elderly.

Their ages have been given as 83, 84 and 91 years old.

That brought the number of deaths in Lombardy to 9.

Previously on Monday a 62-year-old who had been receiving dialysis for kidney problems died on Monday evening.

It came hours after the death of the sixth coronavirus patient was announced on Monday afternoon by Italy's civil protection agency.

READ ALSO: How concerned should you be about the coronavirus in Italy?

He was from the small town of Castiglione d'Adda in Lombardy, the northern region where most of Italy's confirmed cases have been reported.

He had been in hospital in the city of Como since the weekend.

His death followed that of another man from Castiglione d'Adda, an 80 year old who had been in hospital in Milan.

He is suspected to have contracted the virus in a different hospital, where he was taken last week after suffering a heart attack.

The so-called “Patient One”, a 38-year-old man thought to have contracted the virus from someone else in Italy before spreading it to several others, visited the same hospital before doctors realised he was infected.

Four deaths were announced on Monday alone, following confirmation that an 88-year-old man from Caselle Landi and an 84-year-old man from Bergamo had also died.

All three were in Lombardy, which has now seen nine of Italy's ten coronavirus deaths.

READ ALSO: Which parts of Italy are most affected by coronavirus?

Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

On Sunday an elderly cancer patient in the region passed away after contracting the COVID-19 virus, though doctors are not sure whether the respiratory illness caused her death.

The woman had been in hospital in Crema for several days, regional health authorities said.

On Saturday it was confirmed that the second death from the virus was a 75-year-old woman on Saturday from the small town of Codogno in Lombardy.

A 78-year-old Italian man in Veneto was the first European to die from the disease on Friday night. He was a retired bricklayer from the Padua area.

Italy's health minister said the man, named as Adriano Trevisan, had been admitted to hospital ten days earlier for an unrelated health issue.


On Monday Italy announced that the number of cases of coronavirus had risen to over 220. Those infected included 101 who were being treated in hospital, 27 others who were in intensive care and 94 who were in self isolation.

Of 172 cases in Lombardy, roughly 70 percent are men, health authorities said.

According to the World Health Organisation more than 80 percent of patients infected with the virus have mild disease and recover, while 14 percent have severe diseases such as pneumonia.

Around five percent of cases are considered critical and only 2 percent result in death.

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Is Italy’s government planning to scrap all Covid measures?

The new Italian government has announced the end of some remaining Covid health measures. Here's a look at what will - and won't - change.

Is Italy’s government planning to scrap all Covid measures?

Few Covid-related restrictions remain in Italy today, six months after the nationwide ‘state of emergency’ ended.

The previous government had kept only a handful of precautionary measures in place – which the new government, led by Giorgia Meloni, must now decide whether or not to keep.

The cabinet is holding a meeting on Monday and will issue a decree this week detailing any changes to the health measures.

Many expect the government to scrap all measures entirely by the end of the year, after Meloni and her party criticised the way Mario Draghi’s administration handled the pandemic throughout its tenure. 

Meloni clearly stated in her first address to parliament last Tuesday that “we will not replicate the model of the previous government” when it comes to managing Covid.

READ ALSO: Five key points from Meloni’s first speech as new Italian PM

While she acknowledged that Italy could be hit by another Covid wave, or another pandemic, she did not say how her government would deal with it.

Meanwhile, new health minister Orazio Schillaci issued a statement on Friday confirming the end of several existing measures, saying he “considers it appropriate to initiate a progressive return to normality in activities and behaviour”.

Workplace ban for unvaccinated medical staff

Schillaci confirmed that the ministry will allow doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to return to work after being suspended because they refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Those who refuse vaccination will be “reintegrated” into the workforce before the rule expires at the end of this year, as part of what the minister called a “gradual return to normality”.

They will be allowed to return “in light of the worrying shortage of medical and health personnel” and “considering the trend of Covid infections”, the statement said.

Fines issued to healthcare staff aged over 50 who refused vaccination would also be cancelled, it added.

There were some 1,579 doctors and dentists refusing vaccination at the end of October, representing 0.3 percent of all those registered with Italy’s National Federation of the Orders of Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists (Fnomceo) 

Daily Covid data reports

Schillaci also confirmed in the statement that the health ministry will no longer release daily updates on Covid-19 contagion rates, hospital cases and deaths, saying this would be replaced by a weekly update.

It said it would however make the data available at any time to relevant authorities.

Mask requirement in hospitals to stay?

The requirement to wear face masks in hospitals, care homes and other healthcare facilities expires on Monday, October 31st.

At a meeting on the same day the government is expected to decide whether to extend the measure.

READ ALSO: What can we expect from Italy’s new government?

While the government had looked at scrapping the requirement, it reportedly changed stance at the last minute on Monday after facing heavy criticism from health experts.

Media reports published while the meeting was in progress on Monday said government sources had indicated the measure would in fact be extended.

Confirmation is expected to come later on Monday.

Italy’s face mask rules in care homes and healthcare facilities are up for renewal. Photo by Thierry ZOCCOLAN / AFP

‘Green pass’ health certificate

There is no indication that the new government plans to bring back any requirements to show a ‘green pass’: the digital certificate proving vaccination against or recent recovery from Covid, or a negative test result.

The pass is currently only required for entry to healthcare facilities and care homes, and this is expected to remain the case.

‘Dismantling the measures’

Some of the confirmed changes were strongly criticised by Italy’s most prominent healthcare experts.

Head of the Gimbe association for evidence-based medicine, Nino Cartabellotta, said the focus on cancelling fines for unvaccinated healthcare workers was “irrelevant from a health point of view .. but unscientific and highly diseducative”.

He told news agency Ansa it was “absolutely legitimate” for a new government to discontinue the previous administration’s measures, but that this “must also be used to improve everything that the previous government was unable to do”.

The government should prioritise “more analytical collection of data on hospitalised patients, investments in ventilation systems for enclosed rooms … accelerating coverage with vaccine boosters,” he said.

However, the plan at the moment appeared to be “a mere dismantling of the measures in place,” he said, “in the illusory attempt to consign the pandemic to oblivion, ignoring the recommendations of the international public health authorities”.