According to Summit News, a newspaper in Italy is reporting that the Italian government is revising its methodology for counting COVID deaths and this has resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of deaths attributed to the virus.
Il Tempo reports that the Italian Higher Institute of Health (IHIH) has officially revised the official COVID death count in that country down to 3,783, instead of the previously reported 130,468.
This happened because the government will no longer include people with underlying health conditions in its official COVID counts. It is the difference between dying ‘with’ COVID and dying ‘from’ COVID.
The paper reports that in 97.1% of the COVID deaths, people had between one and five underlying health issues.
The IHIH reports:
“All the other Italians who lost their lives had from between one and five pre-existing diseases. Of those aged over 67 who died, 7% had more than three co-morbidities, and 18% at least two,” writes Young.“
According to the Institute, 65.8% of Italians who died after being infected with Covid were ill with arterial hypertension (high blood pressure), 23.5% had dementia, 29.3% had diabetes, and 24.8% atrial fibrillation. Add to that, 17.4% had lung problems, 16.3% had had cancer in the last five years and 15.7% suffered from previous heart failures.”
READ: Italian Institute of Health Drastically Reduces Its Official COVID Death Toll Number AND Gran pasticcio nel rapporto sui decessi. Per l’Iss gran parte dei morti non li ha causati il Covid AND Italian Higher Institute of Health Adjusts Number of Deaths Due to Covid Alone Since February 2020 Downwards From Over 130,000 to under 4,000
Here is the problem: Some believe these people would have survived COVID, if they didn’t have underlying health issues.
In the early days of the COVID pandemic, Italy was particularly hard hit by the virus. In a March 2020 news conference, Silvio Brusaferro, who works for IHIH, noted that an initial study of COVID deaths revealed that 98% had underlying health conditions.
But here is the kicker, Brusaferro added that these people would have survived the virus if they hadn’t been previously ill. READ: Coronavirus, ISS, in Italy there are on two deaths ascertained so far to Covid-19: Agenzia Nova (Italian, English)