Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for the coronavirus and is continuing to work in isolation at his home near Milan, his spokeswoman said.
The 83-year-old leader of the Forza Italia party will continue to support candidates of his group and of the center-right bloc with daily media interviews, the spokeswoman said.
Berlusconi, who recently returned from a vacation in Sardinia, is campaigning ahead of Sept. 20-21 regional and local elections which will test the stability of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government. Italians will also vote in a referendum on shrinking the number of lawmakers in the Rome parliament.
Berlusconi’s party, a moderate and pro-European force, has slid in opinion polls in recent months, contrasting with the rise of the populist,
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