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Did COVID-19 come to Italy months before the pandemic was declared?

Probably not. The research that Reuters story was based on was later cited as using a potentially unreliable test that could have been affected by all of the subjects being older smokers. As noted by ...
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Was there "excess mortality" in Italy due to COVID-19 in March 2020?

The Economist now has an (April 3) article on this, discussing the death stats from Bergamo specifically. Official death tolls for covid-19 may exclude people who died before they could be ...
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Did the police in Italy force an elderly hotel owner to house African Illegal Immigrants on his property?

The hotel was seized (requisitioned) by the local government. This was not the first hotel to be seized. Profughi, il prefetto requisisce un hotel explains that an 1865 law provides for the ...
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Are bars in Italy using pasta as straws?

Yes, some bars in Italy are using pasta straws. But is it really surprising? Civico5: Manduria, Italy Image News: "Civico5 opta per le cannucce di pasta: un atto d'amore per l'ambiente" (Civico5 ...
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Was there "excess mortality" in Italy due to COVID-19 in March 2020?

The answer to this question is simply "the presented data was not yet up-to-date". Compare the colour of Italy in the screenshot from the question for Week 11, 2020: With a screenshot taken ...
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Did Germany and France offer help to Italy in the Covid-19 crisis?

claim: Germany didn't offer help to Italy I didn't find indication of Germany directly offering aid to Italy But there is indication that on Mar 12th (4 days before the opinion piece) Germany decided ...
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Did COVID-19 come to Italy months before the pandemic was declared?

The relevant study is easily available at for example: Giovanni Apolone et al., Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy // Tumori Journal 107(5), 2021. The ...
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Are a third of the crimes in Italy committed by migrants?

No part of Matteo Salvini's claim is true. When looking at data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics(Istat), neither the 'one third' or '700' claim make any sense in regards to the ...
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Is a vegan diet nutritionally complete and suitable for babies?

In short: Exclusive breastfeeding, when possible, is the most suitable form of feeding for all healthy infants, including the vegan ones, up to 6 months of age (Vegan Society, World Health ...
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Did Primo Levi say "Everybody is somebody’s Jew. And today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis"?

No he didn't say it, and when asked about it he negated it. Primo Levi said only the first part of the quote, the second part was added by the reporter who interviewed him: Who Said What by Joan ...
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Did the mayor of Florence ask people to hug Asians during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Yes, Dario Nardella did make a tweet along those lines. The Global News tweet you linked reads: The mayor of Florence, Italy, @DarioNardella initiated "hug a Chinese" on Twitter on Feb 1, ...
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Catholic church owns 20% of all real estate in Italy

Both data are mentioned in several media articles. Two of the most authoritative seem to be a 2010 article on Il Giornale and especially a 2013 article on the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Both ...
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Did COVID-19 come to Italy months before the pandemic was declared?

It is almost certainly untrue that there was COVID-19 transmission in Italy in September 2019 The paper in question is Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy, ...
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Did Mussolini say the state controlled three-fourths of the Italian economy?

By several accounts Mussolini gave that speech, but it's not clear that the translation/interpretation is correct though: A 1938 English book by (anti-fascist author) Gaetano Salvemini translated &...
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Was there "excess mortality" in Italy due to COVID-19 in March 2020?

The Euromomo home page contains a a statement: Note concerning COVID-19 related mortality as part of the all-cause mortality figures reported by EuroMOMO Over the past few days, the EuroMOMO hub has ...
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Did Primo Levi say "Everybody is somebody’s Jew. And today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis"?

I would like to thank @SIMEL for his excellent answer regarding the "No he didn't say it" part. Although, He didn't "negate it", Primo Levi said it was indeed part of the Truth ...
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Is a vegan diet nutritionally complete and suitable for babies?

If you're talking about small babies, here's a review of soy formulas: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24507712 (emphasis mine) The present review includes cross-sectional, case-control, cohort ...
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Did Mussolini say the state controlled three-fourths of the Italian economy?

As this is an often used quote to supposedly 'prove' how 'left-wing' or 'socialist' Mussolini was, it is indeed noteworthy to look at the actual text. His own words from La situazione economica (26 ...
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Valves sold for 11k$ to hospital in italy?

The Verge article you cite from the 17th March 2020 was updated on the 18 March 2020: But in an interview with The Verge, Romaioli denied they’d received threats. [...] While earlier reporting said ...
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Do a third of Italian men live with their parents?

The claim is false, because it underestimates the number! From 25-34 years of age the percent of men living at home with their parents it's not a third, it's nearly 60%: Source: Eurostat Data ...
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