A NURSE strangled his student doctor girlfriend then told police he had killed her because she gave him Covid-19, it was claimed yesterday.
Lorena Quaranta, 27, was found dead at the apartment she shared with boyfriend Antonio De Pace, 28, in Messina, Sicily. Both had been helping look after people with coronavirus.
De Pace had reportedly called officers in the early hours of Tuesday to tell them he had murdered her. Paramedics who attended the scene found De Pace on the floor of their apartment after slashing his wrists, officers said.
He was saved by his girlfriend’s colleagues at the hospital, where police say he told them: ‘I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.’
Ms Quaranta could not be revived.Covid-19 Tests were carried out on the couple which came back negative.
A few weeks ago, De Pace — who is originally from Calabria — had posted an online tribute to his girlfriend ahead of her graduation. He wrote: ‘To reach our dreams, you have to work hard with determination and you are proof. I wish you to keep chasing your dreams, always live the life you always imagined. Well done! Congratulations on your brilliant graduation doctor.’
News of Ms Quaranta’s death came as the coronavirus toll in Italy went up by 760 to 13,915, more than anywhere else in the world. The number of new cases grew by 4,668, bringing total infections to 115,242. However it was the fourth consecutive day in which new cases remained within a range of 4,050-4,782, seeming to confirm hopes the epidemic has hit a plateau.
Just days before her death, Ms Quaranta had written on social media about 41 Italian doctors dying during the pandemic. She branded the lack of personal protective equipment ‘unacceptable’.
‘Now, more than ever, we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life,’ she posted. ‘You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.’