Italy’s Berlusconi’s health improves, still in intensive care

A banner reading "Go Silvio!" is seen as journalists wait outside the San Raffaele hospital where former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is hospitalized in Milan on April 8, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

MILAN – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is continuing to show an improvement in his health but he remains in intensive care, the Milan hospital treating him for leukaemia and a lung infection said on Thursday.

The 86-year-old billionaire media tycoon was rushed to Milan's San Raffaele hospital on Wednesday last week, triggering speculation that his life might be in danger and drawing a stream of family and friends to his bedside.

However, since then his doctors have said his condition has stabilized.

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"The last 72 hours have seen a constant improvement" in Berlusconi's breathing and the functioning of his kidneys, the latest bulletin said on Thursday, adding that he would continue to be treated in the intensive care unit.