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A nurse strangled his doctor girlfriend for allegedly infecting him with the Wuhan coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Lorena Quaranta, 27, was found dead after her boyfriend, nurse Antonio De Pace, 28, called cops to say he just killed her for giving him the "killer bug" coronavirus.

Cops burst into the apartment and found De Pace on the floor bleeding from cuts on his wrists from an apparent suicide attempt. Dr. Quaranta was found murdered.

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De Pace told investigators: "I killed her because she gave me coronavirus." A police source told The Sun: "She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It's such a tragedy."

According to The Sun tabloid, the couple worked at the same medical facility in Sicily, Italy. Dr. Quaranta had been working in direct contact with coronavirus patients.

It isn't clear if Quaranta or De Pace were diagnosed with coronavirus. Investigators are awaiting results of tests on both.

41 doctors have died during the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. 12,000 people in Italy are confirmed dead from the virus.

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Talk about overreacting: the Italian government locked down the entire country in a desperate effort to slow down the Coronavirus -- which many experts have said is no worse than the common flu for most healthy people.

Flights in and out of the country are suspended, and the government suspended mortgages for homes and businesses as families struggle to pay bills while they stay home from work.

"Yes, that will be the case, for individuals and households," said Laura Castelli, Italy's deputy economy minister.

Italy's banking lobby ABI said on Monday lenders representing 90 percent of total banking assets would offer debt moratoriums to small firms and households during the lockdown.

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Heavily armed police roamed the streets of Milan and Naples to enforce the lockdown and maintain law and order in the streets. Officers warned residents to stay home. Any traveler arriving in the country by car are held in a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Residents are allowed to shop for groceries but few grocery stores are open, resulting in long lines. Only 3 shoppers are allowed in the stores at one time. Residents are ordered to stay at least 3 feet apart.

Irrational fears of the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19 or Coronavirus-2019, has spread around the world.

The U.S. stock market went into a free fall just after the opening bell on Monday, causing an emergency breaker to halt trading 15 minutes in.

The Milan stock market also took a pounding, falling 17 percent since the outbreak began in Italy.

The government confirmed 9,000 Coronavirus-19 cases and 463 dead as of Monday night. But many Italian people have not been tested.

The virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults under age 50. Children seem to be unaffected or have mild symptoms. No child under age 10 has died from the virus anywhere in the world.

Coronavirus-19 causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population and those with chronic illness and weak immunity.

Here in Atlanta, Fulton County closed all schools after one teacher tested positive for the virus.

Critics point out that school closures will force parents to leave their children at home with their grandparents - the population most vulnerable to the virus.

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Supermodel Bella Hadid was spotted wearing a face mask on her flight out of Milan amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Three coronavirus deaths near Milan and 150 confirmed cases caused panic in the streets in Italy.

Officials quarantined 50,000 people in 12 northern towns after three patients died from the disease over the weekend.

Designer Giorgio Armani cancelled his Milan Fashion Week catwalk show as Italy battles the coronavirus outbreak.

Armani wasn't taking any chances. He disinvited guests to his Fall 2020 runway show and will show off his latest collection via a livestream on the brand's website and social media pages, WENN.com reported.

Label bosses announced the cancellation early on Sunday morning, Feb. 23, stating the decision was taken to "safeguard the well-being of all invited guests".

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Bella wasn't taking any chances. The 23-year-old model, her sister Gigi Hadid and their mother Yolanda caught the first thing smoking out of Italy after the three deaths were announced.

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The stylish women looked anxious as they hurried to catch their flight while accompanied by bodyguards.

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Fears spread in Milan, Italy as a suspected case of the Coronavirus arrived at the infectious diseases department at Sacco hospital in Milan, where Milan Fashion Week events are underway.

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What, me worry? Supermodel Bella Hadid shows little concern as news of six Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases spreads through Milan, Italy during Milan Fashion Week. The 23-year-old model is a favorite of runway fashion designers.

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'Riverdale' actress, Camila Mendes and her new boyfriend were spotted leaving Salvatore Ferragamo boutique during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy.

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Models holding face masks and wearing goggles are seen modeling the new high fashion anti-contamination wear called "GET CONTAMINATED by Made in Italy."

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Six new cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in the northern region of Italy on Friday. A 38-year-old man is in critical condition in intensive care. None of the sickened Italians visited China.

Officials are testing hundreds of people who came in contact with the sick in the northern Lombardy region.

The six cases are the first known local transmissions of the potentially deadly illness in the country. Residents in the northern region are being told to stay in their homes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious pathogen that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in humans. The virus is believed to have escaped from a level 4 biohazard laboratory in Wuhan, China in December.

Chinese officials report over 2,000 people have died from the disease so far. But American officials suspect the number of deaths is much higher - maybe in the tens of thousands of deaths.

The virus uses Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors to gain entry into human cells. It replicates rapidly in the lungs, causing death from respiratory arrest or multiple organ failure.

People with an abundance of the ACE2 protein in their bodies are more susceptible to the virus.

The signs and symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, and diarrhea.

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Richard Gere clashed with an Italian politician who suggested the American actor take a boatload of stranded African migrants back to Hollywood with him. The migrants have been stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy for 9 days.

On Friday, the Pretty Woman star boarded the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, which is stuck off the coast of Italy, as no European government will offer the rescued migrants on board safe haven.

The ship has been in limbo since August 1. Thousands of social media users around the world issued pleas to European governments to end the humanitarian crisis, which many say is racist.

According to BBC News, Gere called for Italy to allow the migrants to dock and criticized Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini for "demonizing people".

"We have our problems with refugees coming from Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico... It's very similar to what you are going through here," Gere told the BBC. "This has to stop everywhere on this planet now. And it will stop if we say stop."

But, Salvini, who is also interior minister of Italy, hit back, telling Gere to take the 160 migrants back home with him to Hollywood.

"Given this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take (them) back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!" Salvini said in a statement.

Humanitarian aid workers, with the financial support of Gere and others, deliver food and water to the migrants so they don't starve to death while Italy denies their request to dock in the harbor on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

One Instagram user wrote: "My husband on board @proactivaopenarms delivering food and water, after 8 days they still have no port/harbor to disembark. We need to urge please help them!"

The Spanish boat faces a fine of up to $1.1 million if it enters Italian waters.
 

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