More than 70 percent of Italy’s¬†coronavirus deaths have been among men but scientists there admit they are mystified by the gender gap.

4,500 people in Italy have died of the devastating disease – it announced it had a higher death toll than China – but less than 1,000 of them have been women.
Men are also more likely to pick up the infection in the first place and account for 60% of confirmed cases, according to Italy’s public health research agency.
An earlier analysis found the figures were even higher than 80%of the deaths were in men and just 20% were in women – but the gap has narrowed over time.

Research in China, where the pandemic started and outbreaks are now petering out, shows that at least two-thirds of patients who died were male.