Chilling Italian obituary pages show the rising dead from coronavirus

Chilling Italian obituary pages show the rising dead from coronavirus

European journalist David Carretta posted a grim video Saturday morning that’s getting a lot of attention on Twitter. It shows the stark comparison between obituary pages in an Italian newspaper on Feb. 9 versus March 13.

As Carretta’s contrast depicts, the daily paper L’Eco di Bergamo had a page and a half of obituaries on Feb. 9, 2020.  

On March 13, the obituary section took up 10 pages.

The video was originally posted to Facebook by Giovanni Locatelli on Friday.

The tested and confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus pandemic spreading around the globe — are exploding in Italy. The number of confirmed Italian cases has doubled in the past five days, according to ourworldindata.org, a site maintained by the University of Oxford. The site shows 1,268 reported deaths in Italy, as of March 14. It’s little surprise the obituary pages in L’Eco di Bergamo have grown, accordingly. Read more…

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