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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Italy marks highest annual death toll since World War II

The coronavirus pandemic has led to Italy seeing its highest annual death toll since World War II, as the statistics office ISTAT announced on Friday that it had recorded 746,146 deaths in 2020.That is 15 per cent more than the average recorded for the years 2015 to 2019, ISTAT officials said in Rome.After the first coronavirus wave hit the country of 60 million people at the end of February, excess mortality between March and December 2020 was also 20 per cent higher than the average recorded…

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