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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: 5 march 2021

This report was produced by COVID-19 Surveillance Group: Luigi Palmieri, Elvira Agazio, Xanthi Andrianou, Pierfrancesco Barbariol, Antonino Bella, Eva Benelli, Luigi Bertinato, Matilde Bocci, Stefano Boros, Giovanni Calcagnini, Marco Canevelli, Federica Censi, Alessandra Ciervo, Elisa Colaizzo, Martina Del Manso, Corrado Di Benedetto, Chiara Donfrancesco, Massimo Fabiani, Francesco Facchiano, Marco Floridia, Fabio Galati, Marina Giuliano, Tiziana Grisetti, Cecilia Guastadisegni, Yllka Kodra, Ilaria Lega, Cinzia Lo Noce, Pietro Maiozzi, Valerio Manno, Margherita Martini, Alberto Mateo Urdiales, Eugenio Mattei, Claudia Meduri, Paola Meli, Giada Minelli, Lorenza Nisticò, Graziano Onder, Lucia Palmisano, Daniele Petrone, Patrizio Pezzotti, Flavia Pricci, Ornella Punzo, Vincenzo Puro, Federica Quarata, Valeria Raparelli, Flavia Riccardo, Simone Rocchetto, Paolo Salerno, Giulia Sarti, Debora Serra, Matteo Spuri, Paola Stefanelli, Marco Tallon, Manuela Tamburo De Bella, Dorina Tiple, Marco Toccaceli Blasi, Federica Trentin, Brigid Unim, Luana Vaianella, Nicola Vanacore, Maria Fenicia Vescio, Emanuele Rocco Villani, Silvio Brusaferro.