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Italy 2020: Behind the Claim of Covid's Ground Zero, by Michael Bryant

Italy 2020: Behind the Claim of Covid's Ground Zero, by Michael Bryant

The claim of a global pandemic jumped from China to the Lombardy region of Italy, which is what sent the message that "this crisis is real" when it shut down the economy. What actually happened?

Editor’s Introduction

THE FALL OF THE LOMBARDY REGION of Italy in March 2020 presaged the shutdown of the world: within weeks, 4.4 billion people — more than half of the globe’s population — were under lockdown, restricted movement, house arrest or actual arrest. China can do what it wants; Italy is real to Europeans and Americans.

Yet what actually happened, when you look beyond the shock and awe campaign? Michael Bryant has prepared the most comprehensive investigative report you’re likely to find covering the events of Italy in early 2020. Verging on book-length, this is not for casual readers. Those with a serious interest in “covid” history will appreciate Michael’s in-depth work. We warm it up with a short interview.

Please note that it is the finding of this news organization, based on a separate three-year investigation, that what was claimed to be “SARS-CoV-2” was never isolated, purified or sequenced; that by the government’s own admission, there is no valid test for the claim of “viral infection”; and that “covid-19” as a disease or syndrome was never defined in a cohesive way.

No government can produce a scientific paper showing that the claimed virus has ever been extracted from a human host.

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Lake Como, near Milan.

By Michael A. Bryant

THREE YEARS AGO, the Western world came to a standstill.

The official COVID-19 narrative was born: the claim of a strange, suddenly-super-spreading, deadlier-than-flu virus allegedly hailing from China that somehow landed in northern Italy. “COVID” is the World Health Organization’s name for “coronavirus disease” that was allegedly caused by the “sudden acute respiratory syndrome virus (SARS) type-2, claimed to be a new novel virus to which no person had natural immunity.

This was a compelling scenario, especially as a science fiction treatment — though it was presented as irrefutable fact.

On February 20, 2020, the first alleged case was discovered in the western world in the Lombardy town of Codogno. Later that day the Italian government reported their first claimed “COVID-19 death.”

Dramatic media reports emerging from northern Italy were hammered into, and onto, the Western psyche—giving the impression there was a mysterious “super spreading” and “super lethal” novel virus galloping across the region infecting, and then killing, scores of people.

Harrowing reports out of Bergamo—a city in the alpine Lombardy region—spoke of coffins stacked high, “COVID-19-related deaths growing relentlessly,” and the alarming need for military assistance to remove the volume of dead bodies piling up.

In early March 2020, hospitals in northern Italy were reporting a “tsunami of deaths” due to the crisis and overcrowded conditions due to “fighting the coronavirus outbreak,” which were pushing hospitals and staff to the breaking point as doctors allegedly said, “we take the dead from morning until night.”


Lombardy in northern Italy, located near France, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It was the first region of the world to be shut down by the claim of COVID-19.

The First Country to Lock Down

Using the entire machinery of the state, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte began issuing a rolling set of government decrees—culminating in Italy becoming the first country to implement a national lockdown. These mandates would set the stage for lockdowns throughout the Western world.

Three years later, a comprehensive evaluation of the story of the alleged Italian medical emergency in Spring 2020 reveals a tale of the disturbing epidemiological history of Northern Italy, mass media manipulation, and deceptive reporting utilized to create the illusion of a new epidemic.

A multitude of questions and inconsistencies surrounding the Italian story soon surfaced. Ascribing this strange set of convergent circumstances to a viral event strained credulity.

Were these overcrowded conditions in Italian hospitals genuinely the result of a unique viral pathogen or were there other causal factors?

Were these anomalous spikes in excess deaths in northern Italy verifiably caused by the arrival and spread of a novel deadly virus?

How was it that this virus spread across thousands of kilometers within days and peaked synchronously in selected locations?

How was it that this virus was able to spread so rapidly across thousands of kilometers, peaking at the same time in those selected locations, yet it wasn’t contagious enough to spread to nearby locations?

How was it that this virus waited for a government decree and only then began to create excess death?

How was it possible that all countries in the West and beyond adopted similar “health” measures as carried out in Italy, virtually overnight—measures that resembled a de facto police state rather than medical initiatives?

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An Italian Council of Ministers just like this…

A Mini Chronology of Events in Italy

A brief timeline of the series of events as they unfolded in northern Italy in spring 2020 will bring back some memories. Visit the full chronology here.

Jan. 31, 2020The Italian Council of Ministers declares a 6-month national emergency handing the coordination of the emergency response to the Head of the Civil Protection Department, following the detection of the first two claimed COVID-19-positive people in Rome: two Chinese tourists traveling from Wuhan.

Feb. 20, 2020First claimed viral case of Italian said to happen, in Codogno. This was really a PCR-positive using the World Health Organization’s discredited, fraudulent Corman-Drosten “coronavirus PCR test” design.

Then 78-year-old Adriano Trevisan, a retired bricklayer from the village of Vo’ Euganeo near Padua in the Veneto region, became the first claimed viral death of a European recorded. The deceased tested positive for the virus and died in the hospital while being treated for pneumonia.

Feb. 23, 2020 – The Italian government introduces the first movement and access/exit restrictions around claimed hot spots, known as ‘lockdown red zones.’

On this same day the Italian Ministry of Health issued PCR testing guidance to 31 labs across Italy. Cases surge.

Feb. 25, 2020Further restrictive measures introduced across Italy.

Feb. 27, 2020A National Surveillance system, coordinated by the ISS (National Institute of Health), is set up to oversee the collection and collation of daily data.

March 1, 2020 – Creation of ‘lockdown red zones’ expands.

March 4, 2020 – Nationwide closure of schools and universities are declared in Italy.

March 8, 2020Decree Of The President Of The Council Of Ministers expands restrictions to all of Lombardy and large areas of northern Italy.

March 9, 2020 – The government of Italy under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extends the lockdown to the whole of Italy restricting the movement of the population except for necessity, work, and health circumstances.

March 11, 2020 – The World Health Organization declares the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. Italy declares closure of all restaurants, pubs, theaters, and social activities.

March 18, 2020European Central Bank announces huge money printing program to keep the financial system functioning. 750 billion euro bailout given to financial sector to fight the “coronavirus crash.”

March 22, 2020Cessation of all non-essential production activities and a complete lockdown; factories are closed and all non-essential production is halted across Italy.

March 25, 2020Further restrictions imposed to people’s movements except for essential reasons (e.g. work, health and buying supplies).

March 27, 2020 – Peak in number of claimed daily COVID-19 deaths in Italy.

April 9, 2020 – ‘Liquidità’ Decree goes into full effect, including temporary measures to facilitate access to loans; support business continuity and corporate liquidity; and measures to support exports, internationalization and business investment.

May 4, 2020 – Reopening of most factories and various wholesale businesses, within preset health safety protocols.

While such a chronology can serve to refresh our memory and provide a coherent understanding of the sequence of events, it is not a substitute for truth.

As they say: if there is a devil, he is in the details.

The details in northern Italy begin with massive pollution issues and the accompanying long-standing chronic health conditions that have afflicted the region for years.


Milan in Lombardy historically has some of the worst air quality in the world, and has been in the top-five most polluted cities. Today it’s #33 in the world. More here.

Pollution and Chronic Illness in Italy

EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE LOMBARDY REGION is bedeviled with dangerous living conditions and health challenges—numerous acute health problems facing an aging population have been documented for a long period of time.

The Po Valley in northern Italy is cited as having the worst air quality in all of Europe, and it has been deteriorating for many years. As a result, the cities in the Po Valley also have the highest mortality burdens associated with air pollution in all of Europe.

Along with the sheer volume and diversity of pollutants, the Po Valley is known for its unique characteristics of low winds and prolonged episodes of climatic inversions—turning it into a holding tank for atmospheric pollution.

The Lancet Planetary Health report from January 2021 estimated death rates associated with fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide pollution in 1,000 European cities. Brescia and Bergamo in the Lombardy region held the morbid distinction of having the highest death rate from fine particulate matter in Europe. Two other northern Italian cities—Vicenza and Saronno—placed fourth and eighth respectively, in the list of top ten cities in this category. These locations correspond precisely with the highest incidents of upper respiratory infections occurring in northern Italy as reported in the official pandemic narrative.

Ongoing and accelerating “epidemics” of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (a severe and progressive lung disease), interstitial lung disease and high rates of bronchial and lung cancer were signature epidemiological features of northern Italy long before an alleged virus ventured onto the scene.

Map of Broni, Pavia, Lombardi, showing the asbestos problem.

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Ongoing Asbestos Problem in Lombardy

In the Lombardy region there is also an ongoing asbestos problem from occupational asbestos exposure in the 1960s and 1970s. A 2016 study states, “Incidence of mesothelioma in Lombardy, Italy: exposure to asbestos, time patterns, and future projections, predicted a rise of malignant mesothelioma (MM), an aggressive and deadly form of cancer primarily impacting the linings of the chest and abdomen.

“This study documented a high burden of MM in both genders in the Lombardy region, reflecting extensive occupational (mainly in men) and non-occupational (mainly in women) exposure to asbestos in the past. Incidence rates are still increasing; a downturn in occurrence of MM is expected to occur after 2019.”

A further study, “Investigating the impact of influenza on excess mortality in all ages in Italy during recent seasons (2013/14-2016/17 seasons)” reveals that rates of death due to the common flu have increased markedly over the past decade. This study described a nearly fourfold increase in flu mortality during the covered time period. By the 2016/17 season, the totals skyrocketed to 24,981 excess deaths attributable to flu epidemics.

Adding to the ongoing issues of air pollution, residents in the Po Valley are plagued by high levels of industrial livestock runoff in rivers and tributaries.

The Lombardy region creates vast amounts of animal waste as it produces more than 40% of Italy’s milk production while over half of Italy’s pig production is located in the Po Valley.

The Seveso Dioxin Incident

Throughout Italy, issues with poisoned soil caused by past and present industrial activities and accidents have beset the land and its people.

Heavy industrial activity and past industrial poisoning in northern Italy afflict the region with yet another mass of toxic exposures.

In 1976, Seveso experienced “one of the worst industrial accidents” in the past century. The Seveso disaster occurred in a chemical manufacturing plant 12 miles north of Milan in the Lombardy region. It resulted in the highest-known exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in residential populations in history and became a “testament to the lasting effects of dioxin.”

Dioxin is a known cancer-causing agent and immune suppressant, and many people who were living in and around Seveso at the time would be at increased risk for cancers later in life. Someone who turned 20 years of age in 1976 would now be in their sixties during the COVID-19 Era.

This is consistent with what has been widely reported among Nembro men, with cancer being the leading cause of death in this demographic and lung cancer being the most common type of cancer.

Thousands of strikers took to the streets of Turin in northern Italy in 2011 to protest against the austerity plans proposed by the Italian government.

Austerity Measures and Healthcare Infrastructure

Compounding the abysmal environmental conditions facing the people of northern Italy are austerity measures of the past two decades, which have decimated Italian public services, severely decreasing healthcare resources. Examining the state of the hospitals in northern Italy—even long before the “pandemic”—a pattern begins to emerge.

A 2019 review on the current state of Italian hospitals—Health & Hospitals in Italy: 17th Annual Report 2019—noted a “significant increase in 2019 of people on waiting lists and for longer times, compared to the already problematic situation in 2018,” and a, “pronounced deterioration, over the last 5 years, of the “connection” systems between general medicine and hospitals and between these and post-hospitalization services (rehabilitation, long-term care, assisted living homes, and home care service).”

The charged atmosphere and resulting firestorm created by a trumpeted “viral invasion” brutally exposed the effects of 20 years of cuts to the national healthcare system.

A 2013 Oxfam report on the impacts of austerity measures, “The True Cost Of Austerity And Inequality: Italy Case Study” highlighted the decline in Italian healthcare services.

The report noted that in 2000, Italy was second in the world for health coverage. The reports cited that by 2011, due to yearly declines in health spending, “more than nine million people declared that they could not access some health services for economic reasons.”

Hygiene theater, Italian style.

Further Budget Cuts Made the Situation Worse

Further cuts magnified an already volatile situation. Over the period 2010-19, the Italian National Healthcare Service suffered financial cuts of more than €37 billion as it experienced a progressive privatization of healthcare services. Government spending on healthcare, decreasing for years, spiraled down to a rate below what the World Health Organization (WHO) considered capable of offering basic healthcare.

These comprehensive cuts also had severe effects on the healthcare workforce and available hospital beds and equipment, hampering the ability of care facilities to effectively treat patients.

The period from 2009-2017 saw 5.2% of healthcare staff cut. In the last 10 years, 70,000 beds were lost. In acute medical units bed availability dropped from 922 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 262 per 100,000 in.

Data from 2020 shows a total of 5,179 beds in intensive care units (approx. 8.9 beds per 100,000) for all of Italy, a population of just over 60 million in 2020.

At regular operational levels in 2020 the 74 Lombardy hospitals—servicing a population of 10 million—had approximately 720 ICU beds, with up to 90% of them usually occupied in the winter.

By March 10, 2020, there were 877 people hospitalized in ICUs, units in Lombardy were saturated, and requests to transfer patients to other regions were prevalent.

The net effect of these radical cuts to hospital infrastructure and services in the context of the COVID-19 hysteria were predictable; for years Italian ICU physicians have been reporting that flu outbreaks cause ICU units to fill up as was the case in locations across the world.

The roaring silence from the media on these inconvenient facts kept the public in the dark on the realities of the crumbling Italian healthcare system.

Only “the virus.”

In light of this data, it is no surprise that individuals with routine—and mostly reversible—seasonal respiratory infections once admitted to hospitals might not be treated appropriately or successfully.

Makeshift hospital in Wuhan claimed to have no iatrogenic deaths.

Nosocomial and Iatrogenic Deaths/Hospital Protocols

A “iatrogenic death” means a death caused by the physician, or more specifically, by the cure. A “nosocomial death” is caused by the hospital. In spring 2020, Italian health officials introduced unprecedented health protocols specifically for COVID-19 leading to both.

These new protocols, including early intubation and accompanying sedation, were deemed necessary to protect doctors and nurses at a time when the viral load of the alleged lethal pathogen was purportedly lower.

Were these new protocols in fact appropriate for treating upper respiratory issues?
Mechanical ventilators that push oxygen into patients whose lungs are failing, quickly became the accepted go-to practice throughout the Italian hospital system. Doctors made extravagant claims that ventilators had “become like gold.

Employing ventilators involves inducing a coma in the patient, and placing a tube into their throat. Drugs such as midazolam, morphine sulfate, and propofol are used in accompaniment with this procedure—drugs that come with contraindications and warnings of side effects including respiratory depression and respiratory arrest. Midazolam (also called "Versed,” a kind of short-half-life Valium), and propofol (famous as the anesthesia drug associated with Michael Jackson’s death). Versed is regularly used for as a sedative to execute death row inmates. Propofol is used some places for euthanasia and assisted suicide.

During the initial wave of hysteria in March 2020, the Italian government requested and received an emergency procurement of midazolam from Germany as their hospitals “suddenly needed 3-4 times the normal amount of this drug.”

The Italian Civil Protection undertook a fast-track public procurement to secure 3,800 additional respiratory ventilators.

As early as April 2020 the reliance on mechanical ventilation came under fire from Italian experts. Luciano Gattinoni, a world-renowned Italian intensive care specialist, suggested that “mechanical ventilation was being misused and overused.”

One Size Fits All Did Not Work

Marco Garrone, an emergency doctor at the Mauriziano Hospital in Turin: “We started with a one-size-fits-all attitude, which didn’t pay off,” Garrone said of the practice of putting patients on ventilators right away, only to see their conditions deteriorate. “Now we try to delay intubation as much as possible.

Even as some health officials pushed to get more ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, some doctors were moving away from using them.

Questions surrounding actual causes of “COVID-19 deaths” of the frail and elderly placed on ventilators began to surface for the simple reason that doctors were noticing unusually high death rates for COVID-19 patients on ventilators.
Could it be that it was medical malfeasance—and not a novel pathogen—that was igniting this tinderbox in the hospitals and creating a feedback loop of public panic?

Could it be that what spread through the Italian hospitals in Spring 2020 was an epidemic of iatrogenesis or doctor-caused death?

Was it possible that the Spring 2020 mortality event in northern Italy was not an epidemiological or biological aberration, but rather the result of an unprecedented set of administrative mandates by the Italian government and public health officials?

Duomo of Milan. Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto

Emergency Measures and Lockdown Impacts on Population

The Italian government, public health officials and regional doctors proclaiming a “novel virus” had landed in northern Italy insisted that emergency preparations be activated to prepare for this planned “massive” increase in COVID-19 patients. That these forecasts were speculations, using linear model forecasts, coming from doctors with conflicts of interest was of little interest to reporters.

A progressive set of restrictive decrees, including lockdowns of villages and cities, were swiftly implemented. These directives served to further terrify and disorient an already panicked populace.

Citizens were told to stay home and were banned from entering certain areas; fines were levied for those who transgressed. Most shops and businesses were ordered to shut down.

Residents described the abandoned streets as surreal and “fearful.”

Farm owner Rosanna Ferrari said, We’re experiencing a bit of a panic. Supermarkets have been stormed since last Friday. There are queues outside of the chemist. They said they’ll come, house to house, to collect saliva samples today.”

Angelo Caperdoni, Mayor of Somaglia, described the alarming situation, “It was difficult to contain the panic at first, especially as a lot of false news was circulating on social media that people believed to be true. There is still panic regarding food provisions. Many people went to Codogno yesterday to try and stock up.”

Franco Stefanoni, Mayor of Fombio, also under lockdown, described the harried scene in military terms as he noted the town’s two mini-markets had been “besieged” as “people have been racing to the supermarket to buy 20kg of pasta or 30kg of bread.”

Former president of Italy’s higher health council, Roberta Siliquini, provided a more reasonable explanation for the excitement: “We have found positive cases in people who probably had few or no symptoms and who may have overcome the virus without even knowing it.”

Cooler heads advising calm were systematically buried beneath a barrage of draconian government edicts, manufactured hype from vested interests, and the sustained onslaught of media agitation and deceptive reporting.

“As in any war, we have to choose who to treat and who not.” That was a headline on March 9 in Il Corriere della Sera, a leading newspaper in Italy, claiming that hospitals in Italy’s north, were being stretched thin and the health care system was on the brink of collapse. Was this really true? This is a now-famous propaganda photo.

Deceptive Reporting

Mainstream news outlets and social media channels kicked into high gear warning of “waves of death” cutting across northern Italy from a rampaging virus, which was creating overcrowded emergency rooms and requiring convoys of army vehicles to transport corpses.

Television images of stacked coffins in Bergamo were catapulted across the airwaves and reported in lockstep, terrifying the Italian populace and much of the world.

A detailed inspection of these reports revealed that the media fearmongering fastidiously avoided all reasonable explanations when not outright lying.

The media kept silent on the fact that as recently as 2018 hospitals in Milan were overrun with viral lung infections. Due to the aforementioned pollution issues, decimated healthcare infrastructure, and aging population, overrun hospitals have become a seasonal feature of the national profile of Italy over the last few decades.

Mainstream news also refrained from mentioning the reality of hospital worker shortages and the reasons for this. Due to panic-mongering and the government edict of border closures, the Eastern European workforce of nurses—who comprise a large portion of the labor force in Italian healthcare—quickly fled the country, leaving hospitals and care centers with a skeleton staff.

This resulted in a sudden abandonment of the fragile elderly and disabled by those who would normally attend to them—leading to an avalanche of deleterious consequences, as many of the abandoned elderly from care homes were shipped off to already overstretched hospitals.

This vicious cycle of worker shortages in care homes leading to runs on short-staffed hospitals led to a complete collapse of care for the elderly and the disabled, only adding to the chaos in hospital systems in regions where harsh government policies were enacted.

Police officers and soldiers check passengers leaving from Milan main train station in Italy on March 9, 2020. Photo by Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP

Emergency Measures and Lockdown Impacts on Population

Upon entry into the hospital the de facto response for incoming patients was the ubiquitous PCR swab used to determine whether the patient had “COVID-19.” If deemed a “positive case” this activated the deployment of deadly hospital protocols—yet another vicious cycle of medical malfeasance to ensure the proper dosage of fear would continue.

Though it was noted as early as March 2020 that there were major problems with PCR as a diagnostic tool, the media and general public accepted at face value the validity of this technique as a diagnostic method.

High-cycle thresholds were one of the problems cited. This created absurd numbers, as high as 97%, of “false positives”—leading to a grossly exaggerated number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Even earlier, in February of 2020, test reads from PCR results in Italy were called into question as they were using a single SARS-CoV-2 target gene as clinical proof of a “positive” test.

Italian Nobel Prize candidate Dr. Stefano Scoglio, in noting this scientific fraud, said, “Today I discovered a new element of this real fraud, the choice to reduce the positivity to the swab by detecting only one of the three genes that would define SARS-CoV-2. If the virus were present, all 3 would have to be found, because if the virus is intact, the only case in which it can have a pathogenic role and infect, the test must find all 3 genes.”

The misuse of PCR led to the confounding issue of whether people in Italian hospitals were actually dying from “COVID-19”—or from the effects of a mass social breakdown that was then mislabeled as a “COVID-19 death” as determined by this fraudulent process.

Hospital ward in Bergamo claimed to be filled with “covid” patients.

Manufacturing COVID-19 Deaths

The answer to that question is found in later reports which made it clear that nearly all of the “COVID-19 deaths” were not in fact caused by a viral pathogen—nearly all of the individuals who died from the alleged pathogen had multiple comorbidities.

A March 17, 2020 report from the Italian Institute of Health (ISS) noted that 99.2% of COVID-19-related deaths were people with preexisting chronic conditions.

One week later, as reported in a March 23, 2020 article in The Telegraph, professor Walter Ricciardi—scientific adviser to Italy’s Minister of Health—remarked:

“The way in which we code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus. On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12% of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88% of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity—many had two or three.”

Ricciardi was citing a March 20, 2020 follow-up report from the ISS (in English here) and either misread the actual figures in the report or was misquoted. While 12% having zero comorbidities indicated a gross exaggeration of the impacts of “COVID-19,” the accurate figure in the report was 1.2% meaning 98.8% of the patients listed as “COVID-19 deaths” had preexisting chronic conditions.

By the early summer of 2020 even the mainstream press admitted that virtually all COVID-19 fatalities from Italy suffered from previous chronic conditions.

Dying From, and Dying With

By October 2021, Italian newspaper Il Tempo reported that the Italian Institute of Health revised the number of people who have died “from COVID-19” rather than “with COVID-19” from 130,468 to 3,783. In other words, “COVID-19” was no longer the cause, but a side matter—a very significant downgrade.

It is a well-established fact that Italy labeled anyone who died with a “confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection”—”confirmed” via a dubious PCR result not capable of diagnosing anything—regardless of the real cause of death—as a “victim of COVID-19.”

At the same time according to Istat (National Institute of Statistics) there was a general increase in mortality from all causes from March 1 to April 4, 2020 compared with the average for the same period in 2015-2019.

Bergamo sat at the top in the growth of mortality among municipalities, with a staggering 382.8% increase in deaths.

Morality Increase from Multiple Other Factors

This mortality increase resulted not from a host of causes associated with alleged SARS-CoV-2 infection but from multiple other factors. Canceled cancer screenings, delayed treatments, reluctance to call ambulance services in the event of an accident or emergency became commonplace in the midst of the COVID-19 hysteria, allowing conditions to worsen beyond possible treatment.

Delayed medical care is known to increase morbidity and mortality associated with both chronic and acute health conditions.

A mere two-day delay in seeking treatment of a myocardial infarction can turn a simple and treatable condition into a dangerous, life-threatening defect.

Research by the Italian Society of Cardiology established that heart attack mortality more than tripled during the COVID-19 emergency as patients fearing infection stayed away from the hospital.

Ciro Indolfi, Professor of Cardiology at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro, noted that, “the organization of the hospitals…in this phase was dedicated almost exclusively to COVID-19 and many cardio wards were used for infectious patients. Furthermore, for fear of contagion, patients delay access to the emergency room and arrive at the hospital in increasingly serious conditions, often with arrhythmic or functional complications, which make therapies that have proven to be life-saving such as primary angioplasty much less effective.”

Reports of exaggerated and manipulated “deaths from COVID-19” were kept far from public view and certainly were no match for stories of military trucks hauling away human carcasses, and images of piled up coffins in Bergamo that were burned into people’s brains.

Always and only “the virus.”

Workers stand next to coffins and remains of claimed coronavirus victims, in Bergamo, Italy. Once again, was this really true? Did they die of “covid”? No, this is really a photo of shipwreck victims that was taken on Oct. 5, 2013.

The Lies of Bergamo

The now-infamous Bergamo image of three long rows of lined-up coffins spread like wildfire and shocked the world without any investigation of the veracity of the photos by the duplicitous media hyenas who instead fanatically fanned the COVID-19 flames at every turn.

Responsible reporting would have authenticated that the photo in question was taken in a hangar at Lampedusa Airport back on October 5, 2013.

The coffins in that photo were filled with corpses of African migrants who perished in a shipwreck; the body count was an estimated 360 deaths, off the coast of Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Tunisia.

The reports of trucks hauling away corpses and crematoria in Lombardy being overrun had more mundane explanations which were anathema to the prevailing media narrative.

The need for trucks to haul away corpses, which the media repeated elsewhere, was readily explained by a combination of congruent factors. The dead were being removed by the military as funeral directors fearing “the killer virus” refused to pick up the bodies as they would during normal times.

The fabricated and magnified fear that made funeral directors eschew their normal duties was compounded by an emergency national law banning civil and religious ceremonies, including funerals. This unprecedented move, for an overwhelmingly Catholic country that normally relied on ritual burial, was put into effect in early March.

The danger of a “highly transmissible and deadly new disease” now firmly etched into the psyche of Italian citizens added to the frenzied situation.

Families who would normally follow the Catholic practice of burial were opting for cremation of the deceased in unprecedented numbers for fear of catching the disease from the dead.

In the north of Italy there was a 50% increase in requests for cremation which quickly overwhelmed the few small crematoria that did exist.

Cases concentrated in the north of Italy. Graphic: The New York Times

A Regional Curiosity

Interestingly not all of Italy was hit by the purportedly “super-spreading” virus. The excess deaths in spring 2020 were limited to northern Italy and to specific areas within northern Italy.

The epicenter of the COVID-19 virus was reportedly in the Lombardy region. The localized Lombardy crisis, portrayed to the world as the “Italian” zombie apocalypse, appeared not in the streets, shops, or homes in Lombardy, but solely in hospitals and care homes situated in urban centers.

How did the alleged deadly pathogen bypass Central and Southern Italy which have similar demographics?

Data from March 26, 2020 confirms “the virus” did not migrate South honoring jurisdictional boundaries. Four regions in northern Italy accounted for 89% of all COVID-19 “cases.” This pattern would remain the same even as an onslaught of testing was rolled out across the country.

One theory that surfaced suggested that since Lombardy has a high number of Chinese workers in the garment industry, the “virus” was brought to Italy by Chinese migrant workers and spread through the region. This hypothesis fell apart when it was noted that Tuscany, a region in Central Italy with the largest concentration of Chinese people in Italy and all of Europe, somehow wasn’t hit by “the virus.”

The fact that Southern Italy didn’t get hit by “the virus” also turned the official narrative on its head.

A significant difference in the social structures between North and South Italy entails most elderly in the South living with or very near to their children. This tradition of extended familial support is known to create conditions conducive to well-being and security.

Per capita there are more long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in the north of Italy with many more residents living in these precarious conditions.

With what we now know, it is reasonable to conclude that for a large number of individuals in the north residing in LTCFs, where conditions are often unhygienic, the nutrition is poor, and the care is often negligent, a perfect storm for wholesale death was created.

Photo by Marco Di Lauro.

Mass Departure of Hospital Staff and the Creation of Mass Anxiety

The subsequent mass departure of overburdened and terrified staff and the creation of mass anxiety within a disabled, fragile and abandoned populace, virtually guaranteed a mass death event in this sector of the northern Italian populace.

Critical Thinking 101 informs us that with 50% of the “COVID-19 deaths” in Italy occurring among nursing home residents and the average age of “COVID-19 deaths” being at or above normal life expectancy, this was decidedly not an issue of “COVID-19 deaths” per se but an issue of social conditions.

Terrorizing and isolating elderly people living in care homes, denying them visits from relatives and reducing or eliminating in-person visits from health and social carers combined with the fact that any respiratory illness would, and does, sweep through an unsanitary nursing home—and it’s no wonder a significant number of the frail were wiped out.

There was no need to invent a new actual contagion such as a virus to explain why people were dying.

The social contagion of government mandates and the media hysteria from social networks became a disease more dangerous than any alleged biological contagion—but the machinery of the state can conveniently sweep these factors under the rug by curating the swirling madness of “the virus.”

Stafano Scoglio, the Nobel nominee toxicologist who has investigated the situation, said, "I do not agree that a major case of the deaths were the cuts to public health, as public health is the cause of most deaths,” adding that “the contribution of drugs and vaccines” led to increased mortality. “When doctors went on strike, mortality rates dropped.”

The Spanish Steps (located near to the former Spanish embassy) in Rome were empty for the first time during “covid” — with the exception of some repairs around 2015.

Why Italy?

To suggest that there was no aberrant viral event in northern Italy in Spring 2020 and theorize that Italy was chosen as the launching pad for the COVID-19 Operation—as the evidence indicates—we have to ask, “Why was northern Italy chosen as the stage set for this pandemic screenplay?

Did Italy possess the means and the motive?

In order to launch the shock-and-awe phase of the COVID-19 operation into the Western world it was necessary to create the illusion of a viral invasion.

To conjure a post-modern Potemkin plague and the perceived need for shutting down a country’s social and economic order, Italy possessed all the ready-made ingredients. With its already soaring rates of interstitial pneumonia, panoply of pollution-induced upper respiratory issues and high cancer rates, northern Italy needed only a tiny flame to ignite a wildfire of fatalities. That spark came in the form of media-generated hysteria, lockdown orders, and deadly hospital protocols.

Italy also had the motivation which becomes apparent once you understand the COVID-19 story through the lens of money, power, control and wealth transfer.

A Financially Strapped Country Made Compliant

A financially bankrupt country with a financial sector desperate for bailouts and a command structure run by central bankers made for a willing and compliant government.

For reasons unrelated to the poor health of its citizens, Italy has been dubbed “the sick man in Europe” for the past decade by the EU financial sector.

Like much of Europe the Italian government was facing extreme economic pressures in 2019.

While Europe as a whole was economically stagnant, Italy officially slipped into a recession in early 2019. Anxieties in the Eurozone were high with concerns that the “Italian problem” would spread and trigger a meltdown across an already teetering global economy.

Italy’s government debt had mushroomed to the fourth largest in the world and the biggest in the EU. This crushing debt was placing a strain on the EU and creating tension between Rome and Brussels.

Predicted Tsunami of Financial Collapse

By May 2019, Italy’s financial crisis was said to be “posing major threats to the monetary targets of the European Central Bank” (ECB) and if not reined in, “could shatter market confidence in the entire Euro area, putting the EU in big trouble.”

The predicted “tsunami of financial collapse” staring European central bankers in the face came to a head in 2019.

With no time to spare, the tried-and-true bailout scheme was proposed in order to rescue large investors. European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, warned, “A whopping €1.5 trillion ($1.63 trillion) could be needed to deal with this crisis.”

All chatter about the financial industry bankrupting the nation by looting public funds, politicians destroying public services at the behest of large investors, and the depredations of the casino economy were washed away with the fresh telling of a crisis sparked by the “outbreak of COVID-19.”

Predators who saw their financial empires coming apart at the seams resolved to shut down society and loot the world in an attempt to salvage their crumbling financial empires.

In order not to solve the issues they created these financial predators needed a cover story. A cover story big enough to disguise the countless financial crimes they committed and suppress the social issues they created. That cover story magically appeared in the form of a “novel virus.”

Ultimately the ECB agreed to a €1.31 trillion ($1.46 trillion) bailout of European banks followed up by the EU agreeing to a €750 billion recovery fund for European states and corporations.

This fat package of “long-term, ultra-cheap credit to hundreds of banks” was sold to the public as a necessary and benevolent program to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and workers.

As part of the EU recovery plan the €750 billion was divided in two parts. One included €500 billion to be allocated as grants based on each country’s “recovery needs.” Italy would get the largest slice of the pie.

Europe’s ‘sick man’ received a much-needed infusion—with strings attached.


Three years later, the indispensable truth of the Italian story is that once you scratch beneath the surface of the official narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic, it turns out to be a bottomless snake pit of distortions, manipulations and outright lies.

Any excess deaths in Spring 2020 in northern Italy were an artifact of already existing health conditions in an aging population, the obliteration of the existing healthcare infrastructure, massive industrial pollution creating chronic conditions, media-generated hysteria, savage government lockdowns, and administrative murder of the already fragile.

These iatrogenic deaths of fragile people were the result of the social order and public health despotism and then used to give the impression that there was “a deadly virus” circulating.

The only pandemic was one of violent government and biomedical assault against people.

The evidence from Italy in 2020 exposes the official “COVID-19” narrative for what it is: a cold-blooded, organized deception.

There was no pandemic.

Editor & Photo Editor: Eric F. Coppolino. Copy Editor: Jessica Keet. Published by the nonprofit investigative team Chiron Return. Please contact us if you have an intrest in learning to be a journalist. Write to efc@chironreturn.org.

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