Berlusconi of Italy breathes on his own despite COVID pneumonia

MILAN (Reuters) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has mild pneumonia in both lungs, but is breathing on his own, and his condition is not worrisome, his physician Alberto Zangerillo, on Friday, in a hospital after Coronavirus contracted he said.

FILE PHOTO: Former Italian Prime Minister and Forza Italia (Go Italy!) Party leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a rally before a regional election on 24 January 2020 in Emilia-Romagna in Ravenna, Italy. REUTERS / Flavio Lo Scalzo

Zangerillo said that the infection was caught at a very early stage.

“At the present time, his clinical condition is … calm and reassuring,” Zangerillo said at a news conference at Milan’s San Rafael Hospital, which Berlusconi late Thursday on Thursday, a day after the 83-year-old tested positive. Admitted to.

“Clinical indicators are reassuring and I’m optimistic,” the doctor said.

When Zangrillo, who sparked controversy in May, said that the coronovirus was losing its strength, he told reporters that he had decided to hospitalize Berlusconi as a precaution, given his age and past health problems.

The media tycoon underwent major heart surgery in 2016 and also survived prostate cancer.

Shares in Media Company controlled by Berlusconi family, Mediset (Ms.mi), With traders rising 11.7% on Friday, and speculating about the group’s potential ownership change on the market if speculation erupted Berlusconi’s health.

The news of hospitalization came on Thursday on the heels of a ruling European Union court that ruled French investor Vivendi (VIV.PA).

Berlusconi performed a coronovirus test on Wednesday after spending part of August in his villa on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, which has seen a spurt in recent COVID-19 cases as tourists flock there.

Italian newspapers have speculated that Berlusconi may be infected with his children. Two of them, Barbara and Luigi, accompanied her to Sardinia and were seen partying on other islands last month. Both have tested positive ever since.

A party official said Berlusconi’s latest partner, Marta Fasina, has also caught the virus.

When his party announced his illness on Wednesday, he said he had no symptoms. Berlusconi spoke via video link to a meeting of supporters later Thursday afternoon and admitted that he had fever, but had passed.

“I no longer have fever, nor pain, I want to assure everyone that I’m good enough,” he said.

One of Europe’s worst outbreaks of COVID-19, Italy contained contagion after a peak in fatal conditions in March and April. But the number of new cases rose in August, with experts blaming celebrations involving holidays and night life.

Crispian Ballmer reported for this story in Rome. Additional reporting by Giselda Vegnoni, Angelo Amante and Valentina Z; Editing by William McLean

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