Italian man kills girlfriend after wrongly accusing her of infecting him with coronavirus
An Italian nurse who claimed his doctor girlfriend gave him the coronavirus strangled her in a fit of rage, according to a report.
Lorena Quaranta from Sicily died in Messina earlier this week, officials have said.
Her boyfriend, Antonio De Pace, reportedly told police he had killed her because he thought she had given him coronavirus, according to ltalian newspaper.
“I killed her because she gave me coronavirus,” De Pace told investigators after being taken into custody.
The couple worked together in a Sicilian hospital fighting the pandemic in one of the worst-hit countries, where more than 13,000 people have died due to COVID-19.
People in Italy have been told to stay at home as authorities work to combat the coronavirus outbreak unless it is deemed essential to leave the house, for example to get groceries or medicine.
In the days before her death, Quaranta had been active on her Facebook page commenting on the challenges facing medical personnel in Italy.
“Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country,” she reportedly wrote.
”You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.”