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Characteristics of COVID-19 patients dying in Italy

Report on the characteristics of deaths

In line with the directions issued by the Ministry of Health in its circular published on February 2020 (protocol 0005889-25/02/2020), all certification recording COVID-19 as the cause of death shall be accompanied by an opinion of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS). A working group has therefore been created to study the cause of death of patients who had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

 

The analysis is based on data from medical records and the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) death files recording the patients’ cause of death. Data are collected on the web platform http://covid-19.iss.it, which is also used for the national epidemiological and virological surveillance of COVID-19 cases in Italy (coordinated by the ISS and established by ministerial circular n. 1997 of 22 January 2020).

 

For more information, simply send an email to decessicovid-19@iss.it, or call Prof. Graziano Onder (Director of the Department of Cardiovascular, Endocrine-Metabolic Diseases and Ageing, ISS) on: 06/49904231.

 

Reports on the characteristics of COVID-19 patients dying in Italy are published on this page on Fridays.

 

Useful resources
  • Circular 0005889-25/02/2020 (pdf 200 kb) published by the Ministry of Health on 25 February 2020
  • Page on EpiCentro dedicated to the national surveillance (epidemiological and virological) of COVID-19 cases in Italy

 

Page last reviewed: 22 July 2020

This report was produced by COVID-19 Surveillance Group: Luigi Palmieri, Xanthi Andrianou, Pierfrancesco Barbariol, Antonino Bella, Stefania Bellino, Eva Benelli, Luigi Bertinato, Stefano Boros, Gianfranco Brambilla, Giovanni Calcagnini, Marco Canevelli, Maria Rita Castrucci, Federica Censi, Alessandra Ciervo, Elisa Colaizzo, Fortunato D'Ancona, Martina Del Manso, Chiara Donfrancesco, Massimo Fabiani, Antonietta Filia, Tiziana Grisetti, Martin Langer, Ilaria Lega, Cinzia Lo Noce, Pietro Maiozzi, Valerio Manno, Margherita Martini, Alberto Mateo Urdiales, Eugenio Mattei, Claudia Meduri, Giada Minelli, Manuela Nebuloni, Lorenza Nistic̣, Marino Nonis, Graziano Onder, Nicola Petrosillo, Patrizio Pezzotti, Ornella Punzo, Vincenzo Puro, Valeria Raparelli, Giovanni Rezza, Flavia Riccardo, Maria Cristina Rota, Debora Serra, Andrea Siddu, Paola Stefanelli, Dorina Tiple, Brigid Unim, Luana Vaianella, Nicola Vanacore, Monica Vichi, Silvio Brusaferro.