July 17, 2020, 10.44 PM

ROME, KOMPAS.com – A study released on Thursday revealed that the novel Covid-19 virus directly caused the death of nine out of 10 Italian Covid-19 victims.

The findings shed new light on the coronavirus pandemic that has significantly hit Italy’s northern regions.

The national tally of Italy’s Covid-19 deaths is approximately 35,000 fatalities.

Since its first infections in February, the country’s health authorities have said that the majority of Italy’s Covid-19 death was due to pre-existing conditions.

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A fierce public debate arose on whether Covid-19 virus was the culprit of the victims’ deaths.

The study was published by the Superior Health Institute and National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) in which other information revealed that 89 percent of the 4,942 victims in the sample directly died from the Covid-19 virus.

The remaining 11 percent of Italy's Covid-19 deaths had coronavirus but died as a direct result of other medical conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and dementia.

However, the virus might have aggravated their condition and accelerated the death of the victims. 

The study was based on deaths reported at the end of May when Italy had already loosened its rigid lockdown rules.

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