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Italy's Berlusconi has early stage double pneumonia - ANSA

FILE PHOTO: Former Italian Prime Minister and leader of the Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party Silvio Berlusconi attends a rally ahead of a regional election in Emilia-Romagna, in Ravenna, Italy, January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, has been diagnosed with the early stages of double pneumonia, ANSA news agency reported on Friday.

Double, or bilateral, pneumonia affects both lungs and can make breathing difficult. It has been seen in many cases of patients hospitalised with COVID-19.

Berlusconi, 83, went to hospital in Milan “as a precaution” on Thursday night, two days after testing positive for the coronavirus, but his condition is not serious, his Forza Italia party said on Friday.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Toby Chopra