TV star self-isolated with ‘coronavirus infected’ body of dead sister for 36hrs

A TV star who was forced to self-isolate with the coronavirus-infected body of his sister says he feels "abandoned".

Following the tragic death of Teresa Franzese, 47, on Saturday evening in Naples, Italy, funeral services reportedly refused to remove her body.

Her brother – actor Luca Franzese, who starred in popular TV show Gomorra – posted an emotional video on Facebook calling for help.

In the post, he claimed "Italy has abandoned" them, with his sister's body seemingly visible in the background.

The actor said he desperately tried to keep her alive by giving her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, adding she was only tested for coronavirus after her death.

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In the video Luca said: "I am making this video for the good of Italy, for the good of Naples.

"My sister died last night, probably because of the virus, and I've been waiting for answers since last night."

He added: "I had to force them to come and do the test. I've had to put myself in self-isolation. I might have the virus.

"To keep my sister alive, I tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and no one cared, no one is calling me. We are ruined, Italy has abandoned us.

"But we must give each other strength."

Several family members, including children and the victim's elderly parents, were forced to remain in the house with her corpse.

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Local councillor Francesco Emilio Borrelli admitted to Al Jazeera that there was "confusion" about what to do after the death.

He said: "The family [exemplifies] altruism, they are doing everything they can to protect their community, and the community is staying close to them by bringing food."

Official advice states people must keep "at least one metre" away from anyone else at all times – outlined in a decree issued by the Government's special scientific committee on coronavirus.

It comes as chilling pictures emerged from inside Italy's coronavirus red zone town that was busy with locals only weeks ago.

Italy has been placed under total lockdown over the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, last year.

British Airways has cancelled all its flights to and from Italy following the outbreak of coronavirus.

A doctor at the centre of Italy's devastating coronavirus outbreak said Wednesday that the disease is like a "tsunami that has swept us all."

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