by Tyler Durden
March 11, 2020

from ZeroHedge Website

Italian version



Italy is experiencing a complete, total and chaotic shakeup of their society.


As in its economic chaos in 2011, Italy is again ripe for another EU appointed Technocrat Prime Minister to put everything back together again.


Italy Suspends Mortgage Payments, Businesses Dying As Panicked Residents Hoard Food

Italy has suspended payments on mortgages due to the coronavirus outbreak as more than 9,000 people have been infected and over 460 have died, the government announced on Tuesday.


When asked about halting mortgage payments on Radio Anch'io, deputy economic minister Laura Castelli said,

"Yes, that will be the case, for individuals and households," according to The Independent.




Meanwhile, panicked residents crammed into supermarkets to stock up as the entire country entered a lockdown on Tuesday morning, while Italian streets were virtually empty after the government ordered people to avoid travel except for,

"urgent, verifiable work situations and emergencies or health reasons," according to the Daily Mail.




Tourist favorites including Milan's shopping galleries, Rome's Spanish Steps and Vatican's St Peter's Square were all but deserted today after the drastic coronavirus measures were extended to the entire country last night.  

Panic-buyers were packing into supermarkets this morning with queues stretching outside because of a rule that demands a 3ft gap between shoppers - meaning only a limited number can go inside at once. 


In Naples, police were roaming the streets with a loudhailer last night to warn people to 'stay indoors, avoid unnecessary outings and avoid crowded places' because of the 'coronavirus emergency'.  


Prime minister Giuseppe Conte declared last night that 'everyone must give up something to protect the health of citizens.'

Daily Mail


The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

one of the city's famous shopping galleries

is nearly deserted today with Italy beginning

an unprecedented nationwide lockdown

to tackle the coronavirus outbreak

(via the Daily Mail)



Businesses are obviously suffering from the impact of the lockdown, as the empty streets of Rome have turned quiet.


Bars and restaurants are only allowed to be open between 6am and 6pm, and must keep customers a minimum distance of 1 meter (3.2 feet) apart, according to SBS.


Moreover, museums and cultural venues are closed, along with nightclubs, cinemas, theaters and casinos.


Department stores must close on public holidays and the day before public holidays.


The flow-on effect has been immediate.


Raffaello Sasson's family has owned a clothing shop in Rome since 1970 but he says conditions have never been so dire.

"This is right now much worse than 11th of September and Chernobyl put together. This is the worst we have seen, right now."



"The last two weeks have been tragic, in the historic centre here, not even a single tourist. 


We have been here for 15 years and it's never happened," said restaurant owner Francesco Massotte, whose high-end eatery typically books people months in advance.




Outside Trevi Fountain, tourists saw signs warning of interactions with others.

"I was eating lunch today and in the restaurant, there was a sign saying 'stay away from people, sit a meter away from other people'," one man told SBS.

At least they won't have to pay their mortgages for a while.






Is This What's Behind Italy's Outrageous 10% Mortality Rate From COVID-19?

April 02, 2020

from HumansAreFree Website




According to this report:

  • The median age is 80.5 years (79.5 for men, 83.7 for women).


  • 10% of the deceased was over 90 years old; 90% of the deceased was over 70 years old.


  • Only 0.8% of the deceased had no pre-existing chronic illnesses.


  • Approximately 75% of the deceased had two or more pre-existing conditions, 50% had three more pre-existing conditions, in particular heart disease, diabetes and cancer.


  • Five of the deceased were between 31 and 39 years old, all of them with serious pre-existing health conditions (e.g. cancer or heart disease).


  • The National Health Institute hasn't yet determined what the patients examined ultimately died of and refers to them in general terms as Covid19-positive deaths.

Consider what these statistics mean, especially the third and final point together, followed to their logical conclusion.


99.2% of Italian Covid19-related deaths were already sick with something else, and the ISS hasn't actually determined they died of Covid19 at all...


That's shocking...


Especially when paired with the reports that the test kits can produce false positives...




Original article


Italy's 10% mortality rate has been one of the most disturbing mysteries of the global pandemic. Italy's mortality rate is roughly 20x Germany's (a relatively benign 0.4%), and many multiples of China's (roughly 2.5%) rate.


As scientists puzzle over the reason, researchers have proposed a theory that's being vetted by peers:

Italy's mild flu season left a larger victim pool for COVID-19.

This would suggest that the US, which has struggled with more lethal flu seasons, won't have as large a pool of potential high-risk victims, especially as testing suggests the virus is more widespread than many had expected.




Because of the mild temperatures,

flu mortality among people age 65 and over

was 6% below a baseline from previous years,

which "led to an increase in

the pool of the most vulnerable"...



A report by the Italian Ministry of Health found that elderly people and those with chronic diseases who were spared death by the flu from November through January are "outsize" targets for the more lethal novel coronavirus in March.


But thanks to the fact that there were fewer flu deaths , this "led to an increase in the pool of the most vulnerable," according to the report, which analyzed data from 19 Italian cities through March 21.


In other words, when taken alongside flu season deaths, the bump in deaths would be much beyond what would normally be expected for a developed country struggling with a COVID-19 outbreak.


COVID-19 has been spreading in some parts of Italy since early February.


In the northern cities that have borne the brunt of Italy's more than 12,000 deaths, flu mortality among people age 65 and over was 6% below a baseline from previous years.


In the cities of central and southern Italy, flu deaths were 3% off the baseline.


Could this account for enough deaths? It's possible that it could account for at least some of the discrepancy.


A chart shows how deaths among the 65-plus population during the coronavirus outbreak through March 21 has already reached the levels of the previous two flu seasons, and were still below the total flu season deaths from three seasons ago (the 2016-2017 season).



Mild temperatures

were credited with the drop in flu deaths.





Understanding the history of Italy's flu outbreaks could hold the key to explaining its outlandish mortality rate from COVID-19.


Italy has reported more than 105,000 confirmed cases, along with 12,428 deaths.