KEY POINTS

  • A nurse in Italy who killed his doctor girlfriend claimed that she gave him the coronavirus
  • Both of them reportedly tested negative for the virus
  • Italy has so far lost over 60 doctors due to the pandemic

In Sicily, a nurse, reportedly, strangled his doctor girlfriend to death, saying she gave him the coronavirus. Both were working in the frontlines against the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives in Italy.

According to reports, authorities found Dr. Lorena Quaranta's body after nurse Antonio De Pace called police, telling them he had murdered her. De Pace's wrists were reportedly cut when authorities arrived at the scene, so they had to take him to the hospital where the couple worked in order to treat his wounds.

After he was taken into custody, De Pace told investigators that he killed her because he gave her the coronavirus, an allegation that proved to be false as both he and Quaranta, reportedly,  tested negative for the virus.

Unfortunately, Dr. Quaranta's parents would have to hold a funeral quickly because of the massive strain due to the coronavirus deaths.

In the days before she was killed, Quaranta expressed her dismay on social media about how many doctors in Italy have been dying due to the lack of personal protection equipment.

"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."

Italy is one of the hardest-hit countries of the coronavirus pandemic so far, coming in second in the number of confirmed cases after the United States and first in the number of deaths. By April, Italy has recorded over 110,000 cases and more than 13,000 deaths from the virus.

Unfortunately, by the end of March, Italy has lost over 60 doctors to the pandemic, most of whom were in their 60s and 70s but, some were between 49 and 55 years old. About 38 percent of them were general practitioners or the family doctors who were on the frontlines for any sick patient.

Italy's National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists has released a "sad" list of the names of all the doctors who died during the pandemic.

"(W)e will report their names here, on the FNOMCeO Portal, which will remain listed in mourning in their memory, in a sad list that will be gradually updated," the organization said.

coronavirus COVID-19 Italy - medical worker in protective gear A medical worker in protective gear (C) tends to a patient on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images