COVID-19: 60 year old Italian couple die from disease just two hours apart

An Italian couple who had been together for 60 years died from coronavirus just two hours apart.

Severa Belotti, 82, and Luigi Carrara, 86, spent the last days of their lives in lockdown, in their hometown of Albino, in the northern Italian province of Bergamo.

Their son, Luca Carrara, claims they were confined to their home for eight days, without medical assistance, running a fever of 39 degrees celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit).

The heartbroken son told local newspaper Corriere della Sera that his father, Luigi, who worked as a bricklayer before retirement, was taken to Bergamo hospital on Saturday and his mother, Severa, a housewife, was admitted to the same facility on Sunday.

One died on Tuesday at 9.15am and the other at 11am, less than two hours apart. Luca, who the publication said was angry at the time of interview, told them he was unable to see his parents before they died.

“They died alone, that’s how this virus works. Your loved ones are left alone and you can’t even say goodbye, hug them, try to give them some comfort. [You can’t even tell them] a good lie like “everything will be fine”, he said.

Luca, who works for water utility company Uniacque in Bergamo, is currently quarantined with his wife and two children. He said his parents were trapped inside for such a long period because ‘there was no doctor nearby.’

Luca tried to call emergency services on ‘112’ but no one came to the rescue. “Let it be clear that I do not blame 112 (emergency services). I understand them and in fact I only have words of thanks because they tried to save them,” he told Corriere della Sera.

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