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As virus lockdown eases, Italy ponders what went wrong

Virus Outbreak Italy
Posted at 7:48 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 07:48:49-04

ROME (AP) — As Italy prepares to emerge from the West’s first and most extensive coronavirus lockdown, it is increasingly clear that something went terribly wrong in Lombardy.

That was the hardest-hit region in Europe’s hardest-hit country. Italy had the bad luck of being the first Western country to be slammed by the outbreak, and its 26,000 dead lags behind only the U.S.

Its first positive test was recorded Feb. 21, when the World Health Organization was still insisting the virus was “containable.”

But there also is evidence that demographics and health care deficiencies combined with political and business pressure to expose Lombardy’s 10 million people to the virus in ways unseen elsewhere.