Mortality impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by sex and age: rapid mortality surveillance system, Italy, 1 February to 18 April 2020

Paola Michelozzi, Francesca de'Donato, Matteo Scortichini, Manuela De Sario, Fiammetta Noccioli, Pasqualino Rossi, Marina Davoli
2020 Eurosurveillance  
Data from the rapid mortality surveillance system in 19 major Italian cities were used to carry out a timely assessment of the health impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. By 18 April, a + 45% excess in mortality was observed, with a higher impact in the north of the country (+ 76%). The excess was greatest among men, with an increasing trend by age. Surveillance data can be used to evaluate the lockdown and re-opening phases.
doi:10.2807/ pmid:32431289 fatcat:tb3ovd77ynglbk5p3ji63fdiua