Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi released from hospital after 24 days


Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves to his arrival at Montecitorio Palace for talks on the formation of a new government, in Rome, Italy, February 9, 2021. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was released from San Raffaele hospital in Milan after undergoing 24 days of testing, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Berlusconi, 84, returned to his villa in Arcore, north of Milan, after leaving hospital on Friday, Corriere della Sera said on its website. A hospital-like room was installed on the property as a condition by medics to allow the exit, he said.

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A source at the time said the quadruple prime minister was hospitalized for follow-up tests after contracting coronavirus last September.

He had been to the hospital a few weeks earlier for another routine check-up. This had prevented him from attending a court hearing for a court case in which he is involved. Read more

Corriere said the cornavirus infection made pre-existing chronic inflammatory problems worse.

Berlusconi, who underwent major heart surgery in 2016 and also survived prostate cancer, was admitted to hospital in January this year with a heart problem. Read more

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