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Italy announces a dramatic drop in COVID death count

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 …