A coronavirus patient who was placed into isolation after a new outbreak of the disease in northern Spain has now been found dead in the home he was forced to remain in.
The incident came after the outbreak of COVID-19 in the town of Eskoriatza, in the province of Guipuzcoa, in the northern Spanish region of the Basque Country, and the unnamed victim was found dead yesterday (Sunday).
Local newspaper ABC report police officers went to the man’s house as part of the protocol to check up on coronavirus patients who have been placed into quarantine.
As the man was not answering phone calls and did not open the door, the police officers called in paramedics and firefighters to the scene.
ABC report the firefighters broke into the home and found the man dead, with a doctor confirming he died of natural causes.
Estefania Beltran de Heredia, the local Councillor of Safety, had explained on Friday that the new outbreak was focused around people working in the hotel industry, with a customer in a hotel bar in Eskoriatza being seen as “patient zero” of the new outbreak.
Local newspaper El Diario Vasco, the customer, had been working in a tuna fishery in Madagascar and was infected on the flight back home with another colleague.
The unnamed owner of the bar, who was also infected, said at least 30 people had contact with the customer, according to local newspaper Nius Diario.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 253,908 cases of COVID-19 and 28,403 related deaths