A nurse strangled his doctor girlfriend before telling police officers that he unleashed the attack because she gave him Covid-19, prosecutors say.
Lorena Quaranta, 27, was found dead after her boyfriend Antonio De Pace allegedly called them to say he had killed her.
He called the police and informed them that he had murdered his partner, according to reports in Italy.
'I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.'
Early indications from testing carried out last night suggest that neither he nor his late girlfriend had the virus.
Lorena had posted just days before her tragic death about 41 Italian doctors dying during the pandemic.
Linking to a news report on the deaths that have hit Italy due to a lack of Personal Protective Equipment, she branded the situation 'unacceptable'.
'Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country,' she wrote.
'You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.