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Infected man dies in Húsavík

17.03.2020 - 14:21
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson
[UPDATED] A foreign tourist who arrived seriously ill at the healthcare centre in Húsavík, northeast Iceland, died shortly after arrival yesterday. It has since been confirmed that the man had the COVID-19 coronavirus. His symptoms were not typical for the virus, however, and the cause of his death is under investigation.

"Complex work will follow in this case, both surrounding the man's death and in supporting his nearest. It is also necessary to support the healthcare workers who came into contact with the man and put them into quarantine, sanitise the healthcare centre, at the same time as ensuring essential health services for the people of Húsavík. All these projects are undertaken by the civil protection branch of the State police, in close cooperation with the chief epidemiologist, the Directorate of Health, the Red Cross, and the North Iceland civil protection coordination centre and North Iceland health authorities," a statement says.

UPDATE: The man was around 40 years old and a citizen of Australia, it has now been revealed. While he was found to be infected with the coronavirus, it is unlikely to have been the cause of his death, epidemiologis Þorólfur Guðnason says. His symptoms came on very quickly and were not those usually associated with COVID-19 deaths.

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