European journalist David Carretta posted a sad video Saturday morning that’s getting a lot of following on Twitter. It shows the severe comparison between obituary pages in an Italian newspaper on Feb. 9 compares to March 13.
As Carretta’s 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 10 pages.
Bergamo daily newspaper pic.twitter.com/N3ECABz8dr
— David Carretta (@davcarretta) March 14, 2020
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.
Bergamo is located in Northern Italy, some 25 miles east of Milan.
Graphs are useful but to really get what that rising curve is, have a look at the obituaries page of this Bergamo daily newspaper, comparing one from February with one from now pic.twitter.com/78mgZseyVt
— Ben Phillips (@benphillips76) March 14, 2020