The couple from Borghetto Santo Spirito in northwest Italy was in quarantine after the husband tested positive for the pandemic virus, which led to his death on Monday, 9 March in their apartment, Daily Mail reports.
The woman was unable to get her husband’s body removed from the apartment for two days due to strict quarantine regulations.
According to a neighbour, the widow was spotted on her balcony pleading for help but due to the quarantine restrictions no one could get close to assist her, Mirror reported.
“Right now the most important thing is to think about this lady, alone with the body of her husband,” the concerned neighbour said.
“No one can come close to help her nor comfort her. We hope this is quickly resolved.”
Giancarlo Canepa, the mayor of the area in which the woman resides, confirmed the incident, CNN reports.
“Yes, it’s true she’s still there with the body and we won’t be able to remove it until Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, we have a security protocol we must follow. ”
The mayor further explained that the man’s death was a result of him refusing to be admitted to a hospital, “Otherwise, this wouldn’t have happened,” he said referring to the man’s death.
Italy has since recorded the highest toll of COVID-19 deaths in the world with 168 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 827, Aljazeera reports.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 118 000 cases have been confirmed globally while over 4800 people have died with 64 000 recorded to have made a full recovery.