Australian dies in Iceland: virus possible

Coronavirus COVID-19 swabs from patients are kept in a plastic sealed tub as lab technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images
Coronavirus COVID-19 swabs from patients are kept in a plastic sealed tub as lab technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images

AN Australian man has died in Iceland, with local authorities investigating whether he was infected with coronavirus.

Local authorities said the 36-year-old’s symptoms were not typical of COVID-19 but there are reports his wife had tested positive.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died in Iceland,” a spokeswoman said in a statement on Friday.

“Owing to privacy obligations, we will not provide further comment.”

More than 10,000 Icelanders have established a social media group to support his bereaved wife, who is in quarantine.

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