After testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vowed to continue with political activities ahead of the local elections in September. “Unfortunately, this has happened to me too, but I continue to fight,” Berlusconi was quoted as telling supporters during a video meeting by his team.
The 83-year-old media tycoon will live in solitary confinement in his home in Arcore, north of Milan, his staff said in a statement. He will continue to support candidates from his centre-right group Forza Italia in local elections scheduled for 20-21 Sept. In August, the Mediterranean island experienced a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases as visitors from all over the world descended to its beaches. Flavio Briatore, a Berlusconi’s old friend and the owner of Sardinia’s Billionaire Nightclub, also tested positive last month.
Hit by one of Europe’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks with more than 270,000 confirmed cases and 35,500 deaths, Italy has managed to control the contagion after a peak in fatalities and infections in March and April. In August, however, the country reported a steady rise in new incidents, with experts blaming holiday and nightlife related gatherings.