A nurse, who strangled his doctor girlfriend, told police he did it because she gave him coronavirus.
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Newly qualified medic Lorena Quaranta, 27, was found dead by cops after her partner Antonio De Pace called them to say he had murdered her.
Both had been working in a local hospital in Messina, on the Italian island of Sicily, and were drafted in to help out with the coronavirus pandemic.
Cops burst into their apartment after De Pace, 28, called to confess that he had murdered Lorena.
Paramedics were called when the police found him on the floor of his apartment having cut his wrists.
Lorena’s colleagues at the hospital were able to save her boyfriend’s life.
De Pace was later taken to local prosecutor Maurizio de Lucia where he told stunned investigators: “I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.”
A police source said: “She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It’s such a tragedy.”
Tests were last night being carried out on both but early indications were neither Lorena or De Pace had the virus.
Just days before she died, Lorena had told of her anguish at how 41 doctors had died during Italy’s coronavirus epidemic that has left more than 12,000 dead.
Posting a news report on the figures which highlighted how doctors had died from lack of personal protection equipment, she wrote online: “Unacceptable.”