Claimed as one of the Corona hit nations, Italy has been recording record time deaths alarming the neighbouring countries which already closed the borders. Shocking the global health scenario, Italy recorded 717 deaths due to the Coronavirus from the last 48 hours. According to the reposts from BBC, the total death toll soared to over 2,100 in the tourist-centric country with almost 28,000 positive cases. Local media confirmed that over 60 million Italians are essentially under house quarantine.
It was learnt that the hospital morgues are piled up with hundreds of dead bodied rowed up for the funerals while the government reportedly issued an ordinance to keep the local cemetery for a week for the first time since World War II. While the hospital morgues being filled up, authorities were seen refusing to keep the dead bodies at the hospital premises. With no other option, the bereaved families are leaving the coffins of the diseased at the cemeteries. But why does Italy have so many COVID-19 deaths compared to any other country?
According to UN reports, 28.6 per cent of the Italian population was 60-years-old or older, the age more prone to the viral outbreak. The hospital authorities confirmed that 90 per cent of the more than 1,000 deaths occur in those 70 or older. Adding to this, more than 40 per cent of the population is said to be smoking and drinking addicted which increased the chances of getting infected. However, the officials confirmed that they were still awaiting data from the southern region of Puglia and the northern province of Trento.