Vittorio Sgarbi, a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies had challenged COVID-19 death statistics in Italy. Sgarbi feels that fake statistics are being utilised by the government in order to terrorise citizens and perhaps establish a dictatorship.
Sgarbi had also gone against the closure of 60% of Italian businesses due to 25,000 "Coronavirus deaths". He then said that "It's not true. Don't use the deaths for rhetoric and terrorism". The member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies then went to repeat statistics from the National Institute of Health. These statistics were that 96.3% of the 25,000 "Covid-19 deaths" did not actually die of the disease - but other diseases. This means that only 925 have died from the virus but 24,075 have died from other causes. Sgarbi had said that the virus was considered to be "little more than an influenza".
This speech was delivered during the 'Cure Italia' decree-law discussions. The proposal intends to develop measures to strengthen Italy's national health service based on what Sgarbi claims is false data. Sgarbi then challenged his colleagues to see the real numbers from the National Institute of Health.
"Let’s not use them to humiliate Italy. Let’s not use them to give citizens false news. Give the numbers, check them out, and I challenge you before a jury of honour, Trizzino, to look at the numbers …. "