First COVID-19 death in Reykjavík
The man commemorated his mother on Facebook, saying that while family deaths are a very private matter for most people, he wants people to be able to learn lessons from his mother’s passing. He wrote that she struggled for her life, infected with the coronavirus, for a whole week.
The deceased woman was in the at-risk group due to other medical conditions. Three family members were able to spend time with her before she passed away—including two who were already infected with the virus.
In his post, the son calls upon people in Iceland to respect the rules and practices outlined by the authorities to slow down and stop the spread of the virus.
This is the first death from COVID-19 recorded at Landspítali hospital. An Australian man aged around 40 died at the healthcare centre in Húsavík last week. Post mortem examination revealed that he was infected with COVID-19 and probably died of a case of pneumonia brought on by the virus.