Italy was severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with a disproportionately high number of infections and an even higher mortality rate (due to the large number of elderly people who died). As of 31 October 2020, 709,335 people in a population of about 60 million had been infected, with 38,826 fatalities. The impact of the first wave of infection was extremely uneven across Italy’s territories, with most of the cases concentrated in a handful of urbanised and industrialised regions in the north of the country. In the second wave
Facing the Pandemic: Italy’s Functional “Health Federalism” and Dysfunctional Cooperation / Dirri, Adriano. - (2021), pp. 15-32.