By Cathy Elelman • 28 January 2020 • 12:10
THE Spanish health authorities have ruled out the possibility that a 66-year Icelandic tourist admitted to Torrevieja hospital on Monday suffering from symptoms of a respiratory illness has the coronavirus.
The woman was initially believed to have recently visited the Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus is thought to have emerged and which is currently on lockdown.
According to Spanish media it has now emerged that she did not travel to China, but to other countries in Asia.
The hospital had put the woman and her 52-year old partner, who accompanied to the hospital, in isolation from other patients as a precaution while her test results were being analysed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid.
The hospital has now reportedly deactivated the alert.
Meanwhile, the Spanish Foreign Ministry has announced that the Government is continuing to work with the European Union and China to organise the repatriation of Spanish citizens “in strict compliance with health protocols.”
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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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