Silvio Berlusconi: positive corona test after stay in Sardinia

Silvio Berlusconi tested positive for the coronavirus. The former Italian head of government was previously in Sardinia.

Silvio Berlusconi (83) has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Italian newspaper "La Repubblica" reports. Berlusconi's doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, said in a statement that the politician and Italy's ex-head of government was symptom-free and was in quarantine. In a message from his Forza Italia party, it also said that Berlusconi, as president of the party, will continue to work from his home in Arcore, where he will spend the time in isolation.

With daily interviews for newspapers, television and social networks, he wants to support his party in the upcoming regional and local elections in mid-September. The former Italian prime minister and entrepreneur had recently stayed in Sardinia, where he was also in contact with the former Formula 1 boss and prominent nightclub owner Flavio Briatore (70), who published a video of the meeting on Instagram. Briatore had already tested positive for the virus at the end of August.