Why has Italy suffered so badly during the pandemic?

A rally organised by small business owners stops by the Rialto bridge to commemorate the health care workers who died amid the outbreak, as Italy begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown due to a spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Venice, Italy, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2MHG9PDEU5

The first wave, which accounted for roughly 35,000 lives, was concentrated in the north of the country. Image: REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Angelo Amante
Journalist, Reuters
Crispian Balmer
Journalist, Reuters
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