Coronavirus: Giuseppe Berardelli among 50 priests killed

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An Italian priest who gave a respirator to a younger coronavirus patient he did not know has died of the disease.

Father Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo – one of the worst-hit cities in Italy.

At least 50 priests have reportedly been killed by coronavirus in Italy.

The world’s worst affected country with 6,077 deaths so far, Italy has been under prolonged lockdown as it tries to stop the spread of infections from the worst-hit northern region of Lombardy.

Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the globe, affecting more than 160 countries and claiming more than 16,000 lives.

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First published 24.03.20: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52015969

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