After the dreadful toll the pandemic took this spring, Italy has gradually managed to limit the spread of the virus. Recently, the country received wide acclaim for its approach. But the peninsula is not off the hook. Large regional differences exist. Seroprevalence data have been misinterpreted by the media. Herd immunity might have been acquired in an area of 42,000 people, 0.07% of Italy’s population.
The Netherlands saw a surge of new corona infections in September, At the same Italy received wide acclaim for its handling of the pandemic. A comparison between the 2 countries triggers several questions. Does the Netherlands underreport its death toll? Is the threshold for hospital admission lower in Italy?