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First COVID-19 death in Reykjavík

24.03.2020 - 09:19
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A woman who died on the infectious diseases ward at Landspítali university hospital in Reykjavík last night was the first Icelandic citizen known to die from the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the second person to die from it in Iceland. The woman was around the age of 70 and had suffered from long-term health problems, her son wrote in a public social media post this morning.

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.

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