Former Italian PM Berlusconi slips out of hospital unnoticed

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: May 15, 2021, 11:25 PM IST

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There is speculation that Berlusconi's health is deteriorating

Former Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi left Milan's San Raffaele hospital after a five-day stay. The 84-year-old politician took a side exit and was not noticed by photographers and camera crews waiting outside main doors.

There is speculation that Berlusconi's health is deteriorating. His doctors have not released detailed update about his condition for weeks however, his party denied on Friday that he was in a critical condition.

"This is not the moment for obituaries," one party source said.

The billionaire businessman has checked into hospital on a number of occasions after coming down with coronavirus last September. He told reporters at the time he had survived “the most dangerous challenge” of his life, but sources later said he continued to suffer ill effects from the deadly virus.

He was hospitalised in March and twice in April. He also went to hospital in January due to a heart problem.
Political ally Matteo Salvini told reporters on Friday that Berlusconi was "not very well", but predicted he would swiftly bounce back.

(With inputs from agencies)