An Italian nurse who claimed his doctor girlfriend infected him with coronavirus strangled her in a fit of rage, according to a report.
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, The Sun reported.
Police arrived at their apartment and found Quaranta dead and Antonio De Pace, 28, on the floor with his wrists cut.
“I killed her because she gave me coronavirus,” De Pace told investigators after being taken into custody.
Prosecutors found both De Pace and Quaranta had tested negative for the virus and called De Pace’s claims “nonsense,” according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.
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.
De Pace was rushed to the hospital where they had worked, with their colleagues managing to treat him and save his life, according to The Sun.
A police source said: “She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It’s such a tragedy.”
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, Quaranta wrote online: “Unacceptable”.
She added: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country.
”You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.
“Let’s stick together everyone staying at home. Let’s avoid the next one falling sick is a loved one or ourselves.”