But different countries are also reporting
cases and deaths in different ways: in Italy,
Covid-19 is listed as the cause of death even if
a patient was already ill and died froma
combination of illnesses.
"Only 12 per cent of death certificates have
shown a direct causality from coronavirus,"
said the scientific adviser to Italy's minister
of health last week.
Spain's national government simply lists how
many people with confirmed cases of
coronavirus have died and provides no extra
information on any other medical conditions.