Former Italian PM Berlusconi in hospital since Tuesday: Sources

Former Italian PM Berlusconi in hospital since Tuesday: Sources

FILE PHOTO: Berlusconi arrives at Montecitorio Palace for talks on forming a new government, in Rome
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi takes off his face mask and waves as he arrives at Montecitorio Palace in Rome for talks on forming a new government on Feb 9, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/Yara Nardi)

MILAN: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been in hospital since Tuesday (Apr 6) afternoon for check-ups, two sources from his Forza Italia party said on Wednesday.

One of the sources said the 84-year-old media tycoon went to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan for follow-up tests after contracting COVID-19 in September last year.

This is the second time in just a few weeks that Berlusconi finds himself in hospital after another routine check-up at the end of March. Forza Italia said at the time that he had been admitted for clinical monitoring and adjustment to an ongoing therapy.

Berlusconi, who underwent major heart surgery in 2016 and has also survived prostate cancer, was also admitted to hospital in January this year because of heart problems.

Shares in Mediaset, the broadcaster controlled by the Berlusconi family, were up 0.8 per cent by 9.30am GMT (5.30pm Singapore time), compared with a flat Milan blue-chip index.

Traders had previously cited speculation about potential ownership changes at the group if Berlusconi's condition worsened.

Source: Reuters/kg