Skip to Content

Milan Cemetery. Stock photo from Pixabay
Milan

Why is Lombardy the epicentre of the Corona crisis?

The region of Lombardy has involuntarily found itself to be the epicenter of the Italian epidemic and is paying the price: 9 202 deaths since the beginning of the infection and over 51 000 cases.

Published: April 8, 2020, 8:38 am

    Read more

    For every ten patients diagnosed, two die. In Milan, in the last week there are 100 deaths per day – three times above average, Italian daily Il Giornale reported.

    Covid-19’s lethality rate in Lombardy is almost double that in the rest of the country. The death rate is almost certainly overestimated due to the huge number of Coronavirus-infected people that the authorities are unable to record.

    According to some studies, in Italy there are 1,4 to 7 million people already infected, but asymptomatic. The virus kills, but in many cases no one notices it: according to Istat research, comparing the deaths of 2019 with those of 2020 there is a 100 percent increase in the thousand municipalities analyzed.

    However, the Lombard anomaly remains. The average lethality rate in Italy is 12,5 percent, while in Lombardy the percentage rises to 17,9 percent. But if one considers only the rest of the regions of Italy, excluding the Lombardy provinces, the national lethality is 9 percent.

    It must be said that Lombardy has performed nothing short of a miracle to double the available beds in a few days, which at the beginning of the emergency numbered 724. Thanks to the increase in intensive care places and the slowdown of infections, hospital staff are currently less pressured.

    During the first wave, when the whole country was unprepared, doctors were forced to choose who to assign a respirator to and who to let die, according to the now famous Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care or SAARTI document, revealed by Il Giornale.

    Lombardy, moreover, believes that it is paying for the government’s inability to respond immediately to the crisis: protection systems arrived late, forcing staff to wear “toilet paper” masks. “We were hit by a tsunami,” one councilor explained, accusing Prime Minister Conte of having done too little.

    “Almost a month and a half has gone by since the beginning of the epidemic and basically we are receiving crumbs from Rome. If we had not done it ourselves, we would have closed the hospitals after two days”.

    In general, all of Italy showed an inability to cope with the emergency of the Coronavirus. Their preparedness was lower than other EU countries, where lethality appears lower. According to Eurostat data, in 2017 Germany boasted 6,0 places per thousand inhabitants for the treatment of acute cases, against 2,6 in Italy.

    The same applies to intensive care: at the beginning of the crisis Berlin could count on 28 000 respirators (34 for every 100 thousand people). Italy only had 12 per 100 thousand. But there are those who, in the government, seem to want to blame the Lombard system only.

    The death toll among Italian doctors from the Coronavirus rose to 94 after another five died on Tuesday, the federation of doctors guild FNOMCEO said.

    The intensity of the crisis triggered by the pandemic for households and businesses is unprecedented, even worse than the 2008 financial crisis, ISTAT said on Tuesday.

    The statistics agency said consumer spending will plunge 9,9 percent if the lockdown persists until June, and added that an anti-Coronavirus shutdown covered 34 percent of all productive activities.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Greece’s controversial method of discouraging illegal migrants

    AthensGreece has introduced a controversial method to counter and deter large numbers of illegal migrants trying to reach Europe, according to an organization working to increase mass immigration. With the help of masked commandos, the illegal migrants are towed back to Turkey and left there.

    German PEI report fuels fear of long-term vaccine damage

    Thrombosis, cerebral haemorrhage, heart attacks, facial paralysis and more: the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) in Germany has reported almost 5000 suspected serious side effects and 524 deaths after Covid-19 vaccinations. However, the unknown long-term consequences may be much more dangerous than we think.

    Nothing to laugh about in German professional sport

    Some days ago, German soccer team FC Nürnberg refused to hire Maximilian Knauer as the coach of its U17s because he is said to have placed smileys in the wrong place on WhatsApp. Now the Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dismissed from the supervisory board of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin because the German goalkeeper legend smiled virtually.

    In Hungary there are more vaccines than people wanting them

    BudapestAt the end of April, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that there were now more vaccines available than people wanting them. Hungary is the only such state in Europe.

    Another jihadist deemed ‘criminally irresponsible’ for professor’s murder

    ParisA former student, of Pakistani origin, had fatally stabbed this teacher in front of the Leonardo da Vinci university in the suburbs of the city of Paris in December 2018.

    Swiss town finds new solution against beggars

    BaselThe city of Basel offers a travel voucher to beggars who, in exchange, undertake not to return to the city for at least a certain period of time under penalty of permanent expulsion from the country.

    Rambouillet terrorist was regularized without any scrutiny

    RambouilletIn the wake of the murder of Samuel Paty, the Tunisian jihadist involved in the Rambouillet beheading wrote on Facebook: “O Muslims, now we will respond to the insults from France.” Two months later, he obtained his residence permit.

    Isaac Newton becomes the latest victim of ‘decolonisation’

    SheffieldSir Isaac Newton's historical legacy amounts to “colonial-era activity” and must be scrapped to “decolonise” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University in the UK.

    Left-wing German politician exposed as possible link to hammer gang

    KasselWith its special edition “Antifa - The underground leftist power”, COMPACT, a conservative German magazine has stirred up a hornets' nest. A left-wing politician even wants to have journalistic research banned.

    Nigerian mafia groups have infiltrated Germany

    BerlinA confidential report by the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), revealed how the Nigerian mafia has taken root to establish itself in Germany through the influx of migrants. There are now several different Mafia groups operating in Germany.

    Go to archive