A couple that were married for more than 60 years have both died within hours of eachother, after contracting coronavirus.
Severa Belotti, 82, and Luigi Carrara, 86, lived in the town of Albino, near Bergamo, Northern Italy, and reportedly spent eight days locked inside their home. The couple recorded temperatures of 39 degrees.
They were eventually taken to Bergamo Hospital last weekend, but their son Luca Carrara told local newspaper Corriere della Sera that they ‘died alone’ in the facility and he was unable to say a final goodbye.
He added: “Your loved ones stay alone and you cannot say bye, hug them, trying to give some comfort.”
Luca also wrote a touching message on social media which read: “Hi mum and dad, this bad virus made you leave the same day, will you keep bickering up there too?
“I think so, but then everything ended up in a hug.”
Luca is currently in quarantine with his family and has since complained about the Bergamo Hospital.
He stated: “The staff do not know where to put patients, probably because doctors are doing a selection and letting the elderly people leave.”
Lucas’s father did not have any underlying medical conditions. The couple were cremated within days due to the rising death toll, with Luca unable to see his parents bodies after they had passed.
Italy has seen more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the most anywhere outside of mainland China. More than 1,000 people are confirmed to have died.