Exploration of COVID infection data in Italy: how high really was the first wave?

Official data for the COVID epidemic in Italy are availabe at https://github.com/pcm-dpc. The number of known active cases over time show a first wave of infections over March-June and a second one, much higher, started in October 2020 and still ongoing:

FIGURE 1. Number of known active COVID cases per day in Italy throughout 2020.
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Notes on Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”

In 1890, Józef Teodor Nałęcz Konrad Korzeniowski, polish sailor of noble origins, travels in the Congo Free State, colonial enterprise of the king of Belgium. The atrocities he witnesses trouble his mind and conscience to the point that he falls into a depression. Years later (1899), Józef, who has settled down in England and has changed his name in Joseph Conrad, writes and publishes “Heart of Darkness”, in which he faces his demons and crystallizes his pessimism about colonial ventures. Continue reading