Pandemic sees life expectancy drop by a year in Italy

The country registered more deaths in 2020 than in any other year since WWII, statistics agency reports

Life expectancy in Italy fell by almost a year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, national statistics show.

Nationwide, life expectancy at birth was 82.3 years in 2020, down from 83.2 in 2019, with the figure falling more than 1-1/2 years in the north of the country which bore the brunt of the disease.

"COVID-19 completely wiped out life-expectancy gains made over the past decade in the north and partially wiped them out in other areas of the country," the national statistics agency ISTAT said in an