Corona virus and healthcare in Italy

Healthcare in Italy

The effectiveness of the health care system in Italy is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Italy is 81.2 years for men and 85.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 10.8 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Italy

Currently: 19.9 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Italy are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By October 22nd, 2020, 449648 infected persons and 36832 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on January 31st, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on October 22nd with 15,199 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Italy
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Italy

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Italy results in a mortality rate of 8.2%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 349,494 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Italy a new mortality rate of 10.5%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Thu 22nd15,199+3.5%127+0.3%
Wed 21st10,871+2.6%89+0.2%
Tue 20th9,337+2.3%73+0.2%
Mon 19th11,705+2.9%69+0.2%
Sun 18th10,925+2.8%47+0.1%
Sat 17th10,009+2.6%55+0.2%
Fri 16th8,803+2.4%83+0.2%
Thu 15th7,332+2.0%43+0.1%
Wed 14th5,898+1.6%41+0.1%
Tue 13th4,619+1.3%39+0.1%

Weight and size

Body height177 cm164 cm
Weight83.6 kg67.0 kg


ItalyØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

ItalyØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
DTP *9.50%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Italy, 23.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
7 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Italy is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.4 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 247,000 physicians in Italy, there are about 4.09 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 10 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

About 95 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells at a distance of no more than 30 minutes or supplied water, 99% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).