A HEARTBROKEN actor has told how he has been forced to self-isolate with his dead sister’s corpse after she died from suspected coronavirus in Italy.
Luca Franzese – who starred in the hit Netflix show Gomorrah – posted several emotional Facebook videos desperately appealing for help.
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Undertakers reportedly refused to take away the body of Teresa Franzese, 47, who died on Saturday night in Naples.
In one clip – with his sister’s body visible in the background – Luca claimed he felt “abandoned” by his virus-hit country.
“My sister died yesterday, probably because of the virus, and I’ve been waiting for answers since last night,” he said.
“Guys, we are ruined. Italy has abandoned us”.
In another video, he said three more members of his family had since tested positive for the deadly virus.
“The nightmare goes on”, he said.
The gym instructor also told of his desperate attempts to save his sister’s life.
“To keep my sister alive, I tried to give her mouth to mouth resuscitation and no one cared, no one is calling me,” he revealed.
Several family members, including children and the victim’s elderly parents, were forced to remain in the house with her corpse.
Earlier it was revealed a widow was trapped inside her home for two days with the body of her dead husband amid the clampdown in Italy.
The woman was seen crying for help from her balcony at her home in Borghetto Santo Spirito hours after her husband died in the early hours of Monday.
The body of the man – who had tested positive for the deadly virus – is understood to have been left inside the quarantined apartment for 48 hours after his death.
The town’s mayor confirmed the shocking news in an interview with CNN just before the corpse was finally removed.
Giancarlo Canepa said earlier: “Yes, it is true she is still there with the body and we won’t be able to remove it until Wednesday morning.”
He said because of strict quarantine rules no one was allowed to approach the body.
“Unfortunately, we have a security protocol we must follow,” he said.
The mayor also claimed the man refused to be taken to the local hospital for recovery.
“Otherwise, this wouldn’t have happened,” he added.
The story made headlines in Italy as stories emerged of the wife’s despair at remaining locked up with her husband’s dead body for hours on end.
Local television station IVG.IT posted video interviews with the woman’s neighbours who had just found out about the death.
“Right now the most important thing is to think about this lady, alone with the body of her husband … No one can come close to help her nor comfort her,” said one.
“We hope this is quickly resolved. Our thoughts are with her and on what she is living through.”
Italy has confirmed more than 10,000 cases of the virus, with 631 deaths reported across the nation as a result of COVID-19.
Premier Giuseppe Conte said today he will consider requests to toughen Italy’s already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown that was extended nationwide on Tuesday.
Lombardy, Italy’s hardest-hit region, is pushing for a shutdown of nonessential businesses and public transportation cutbacks.
These additional measures would be on top of travel and social restrictions that imposed an eerie hush on cities and towns across the country from Tuesday.
Police enforced rules that customers stay one meter (three feet) apart and ensured that businesses closed by 6pm.