The province of Bergamo in northern Italy is a place that has been hit harder by the coronavirus crisis than any other region in the world. By Saturday, over 1,600 coronavirus-related deaths had been confirmed in Bergamo, with a population of over one million.

This means that 1.45 ounces of the area's population have died of coronavirus.

According to official statistics, more than 2,500 people died in Wuhan, China, the origin of the pandemic. However, Wuhan's population is ten times that of Bergamo. Thus, Wuhan's mortality rate remains 0.22 per million.

However, neither the figures of Bergamo nor Wuhan seem to give a true picture of the bleakness of the situation.

Huge spike

Claudio Cancelli, the mayor of the city of Nembro, Bergamo, and Luca Foresti, a health entrepreneur, report on the area's mortality statistics in the Italian magazine Corriere Della Sera. Both are doctors trained.

The two have compared deaths from coronavirus deaths reported by authorities to several municipalities in Bergamo.

For example, Nembrossa usually dies from 1 January to 19 January. from March to 35 people. At the same time this year, 158 people died, or 123 more than normal.

The authors conclude that such a large statistical deviation cannot be due to anything other than coronavirus. However, according to official statistics, only 31 people were killed in Nembro during that time.

This would suggest that coronavirus mortality is actually four times higher than the reported figure.

In Cernusco and Pesaro, the difference between the mortality difference and the corona statistic was more than six-fold, as much as 10 times higher in Bergamo.

- It is very logical to think that these extra deaths were old and fragile people who died at home or in retirement homes before they went to hospital or were tested for covid-19 infection, men write.

- Nembro's readings suggest that we should multiply the official Deaths by at least four in order to find out the real impact of covid-19 in Italy today.

According to official figures, over 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in Italy, more than in any other country in the world.

Anecdotal evidence supports the duo's findings. In northern Italy, reports have been reported in recent weeks of newspaper pages being filled with death reports and funeral contractors having trouble coping with their workload.

Thousands of urns in Wuhan

At the same time, doubts have also been raised that the death statistics reported in the disease's birth city, Wuhan, China, are incorrect.

Bloomberg reports how images of thousands of urns outside of funeral offices have appeared in Chinese social media.

According to official figures, more than 2,500 people died in the coronavirus in Wuhan. China has reported only a few new deaths a day in recent weeks.

Coronavirus relatives have been able to recover the ashes of the dead from eight Wuhan burial offices this week.

Bloomberg quotes Chinese media Caixin, according to which around 2,500 urns were delivered to the funeral home yard on Wednesday and Thursday. Another photo published by Caixin showed 3,500 urns outside the funeral home.

When Bloomberg asked the funeral home for information, they said they did not know how many urns were waiting to be picked up or that they were not allowed to give the number.

According to Caixin, there were also many people in Wuhan who died after suffering from symptoms like covid-19, but did not reach official statistics because they were not tested. Some patients died of other causes because they did not receive the necessary treatment in congested hospitals.

According to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has claimed more than 30,000 victims worldwide. The statistics are based on information provided by authorities in different countries.

35 chests were waiting to be shipped for cremation at a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro on Thursday.

Photo: AFP