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Officer in Italian PM's security detail dies of coronavirus

ROME (AFP) – An Italian policeman who worked in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s security detail died on Saturday (April 4) after contracting the new coronavirus, the country’s police force said.

The Italian government said that, when officer Giorgio Guastamacchia tested positive on March 21, he had not been in contact with Mr Conte for at least two weeks.

The Corriere della Sera reported at the time that Mr Conte, 55, was tested as a precaution, turning up a negative result for the virus.

The head of the Italian police force expressed his condolences for Mr Guastamacchia, who was 52.

Italy has recorded the world’s largest number of official Covid-19 fatalities and is on course to surpass 15,000 deaths this weekend.

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