An Australian tourist in his 30s who sought medical attention in Húsavík, North Iceland for serious illness turned out to be infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, RÚV reports. The man died shortly after arriving at the Húsavík health clinic. His cause of death has not been determined, but despite testing positive for the novel coronavirus, his symptoms were not typical of COVID-19.
In a press conference today, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason confirmed that the man was showing no symptoms of COVID-19 and it is unlikely that it was his cause of death. His wife, who was also travelling with him, also tested positive for coronavirus and has been set in isolation.
An investigation is underway to determine the man’s cause of death. The Husavík health clinic staff who came in contact with the man are being quarantined and the clinic itself will be disinfected. The clinic will scale back operation in the coming days, making every effort to ensure important services are maintained.