Numbers lost in translation

A number in an Italian column spread elsewhere.

Social media accounts assert Italy made vast cuts in its Covid-19 death counts. For instance, an Instagram post shares a headline: “Italy reduce covid death toll from 130k to 3,783”. The Daily Sceptic blog made a similar claim:

Italian Higher Institute of Health Adjusts Number of Deaths Due to Covid Alone Since February 2020 Downwards From Over 130,000 to under 4,000

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità made no such change. The story of this statistic…

Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.