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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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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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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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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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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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Catholic church owns 20% of all real estate in Italy

According to Italian Society Reflected in New Vatican Accord, Toledo Blade, 14 October 1984, page 2 of section C: The Vatican owns 1.8 million acres and an undisclosed number of buildings, ...
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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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Are the citizens of Milan legally obliged to smile?

In this 2014 Corriere della Sera article, “historian” Andrea Santangelo describes this rule, which he also mentions in his and Lia Celi's book Mai stati meglio, as coming from a nineteenth century ...
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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 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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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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