An elderly couple who were married for more than 60 years has died a couple of hours apart after contracting the coronavirus. Severa Belotti (82) and Luigi Carrara (86) lived in the town of Albino, in the northern Italian province of Bergamo and reportedly spent eight days locked at home with a high fever.

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They were eventually taken to Bergamo Hospital but their son, Luca Carrara told local newspaper Corriere Della Sera that they “died alone” in the facility as he was unable to say goodbye. He added, “Your loved ones stay alone, and you cannot say bye, hug them, trying to give some comfort.”

Severa Belotti and Luigi Carrara. Photographed by
Severa Belotti and Luigi Carrara. Photo by Newsflash/Luca Carrara/ CEN/Magazine Features

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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.

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He said his father had no pre-existing medical conditions, saying “my father did not know what going to the doctor was” and “the truth is that this is not the common flu, it is a terrible flu, and if you end up in hospital, you leave dead or alive.”

Luca was not able to see his parents’ bodies after their death because they were taken to the cemetery to be cremated within days because “there are too many dead people.”

There had been 31 506 confirmed cases and 2 503 deaths due to Covid-19 in Italy at the time of writing this article.

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