Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19, even as local elections approach rapidly in September.
“Unfortunately, this too has happened to me, but I carry on fighting,” Berlusconi was quoted by his staff as telling supporters during a video meeting.
Berlusconi, who is still politically active, will remain under isolation in his house in the town of Arcore, north of Milan, his staff said in a statement according to Reuters.
His staff revealed that the four-time prime Minister intends to continue to provide support to candidates from his centre-right Forza Italia party at local elections scheduled the. 20-21 of September.
Reports say that Flavio Briatore, an old friend of Berlusconi’s and the owner of the Billionaire nightclub in Sardinia, also tested positive last month.
Italy has seen a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in August as tourists from all over the country flocked to its beaches.
The country– hit by one of Europe’s worst outbreaks of COVID-19 with over 270,000 confirmed cases and 35,500 deaths–, managed to contain the contagion since a peak in fatalities and infections in March and April.