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Former Italian PM Berlusconi admitted to hospital - source

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks to the media as he leaves Milan's San Raffaele hospital, where he was being treated after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and diagnosed with mild pneumonia, in Milan, Italy, September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was admitted to Milan's San Raffaele hospital overnight, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Berlusconi, 84, was last discharged from the same hospital on April 30 after undergoing 24 days of tests. read more

The four-times prime minister had been hospitalised in early April for follow-up tests after contracting the new coronavirus last September.

He had previously been hospitalised for routine check-ups in March. read more

Berlusconi, who underwent major heart surgery in 2016 and has also survived prostate cancer, had also been admitted to hospital in January due to a heart problem. read more

Berlusconi was due to attend a court hearing on Thursday in a judicial case in which he is involved. That same hearing, where a verdict is expected, has been postponed several times already due to the media magnate being in hospital.

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