Italian study says country’s epidemic began “much earlier” than first recorded case on February 20

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Italian researchers have published a study of the outbreak in Lombardy, one of the country’s regions hardest hit by COVID-19. The study concluded Italy’s epidemic began much earlier than the first recorded case on February 20.

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