By Cathy Elelman • 28 January 2020 • 10:17
THE Spanish health authorities are investigating whether a 66-year old Icelandic patient at Torrevieja hospital has the coronavirus.
The woman, who reportedly recently visited the Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus is thought to have emerged and which is currently on lockdown, went to the hospital yesterday suffering from a cough and a temperature, identified as symptoms of a respiratory illness compatible with the coronavirus.
Both she and her 52-year old partner, who accompanied to the hospital, are being kept in isolation from other patients while her test results have been sent to the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid to determine whether this a coronavirus case.
According to Spanish media reports the pair flew into Alicante a short time ago for a holiday on the southern Costa Blanca.
If confirmed as the coronavirus this would be the first case in Spain. Three other possible cases, two in Barcelona and one in Vizcaya, tested negative for the condition.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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