A man from Bjørnafjorden in Vestland who died of Coronavirus on Saturday was 41 years old. He was thus the youngest to have died of the virus in Norway.
The man died at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen on Saturday. His age was first published in Bergens Tidende.
On Monday night, several media outlets reported that the deceased man was Alexander Heggland, a father of six. He was hospitalized eight weeks ago.
“He was in the hospital for almost a week before being put on a respirator,” said his sister Ann-Christin Heggland to NRK. She encouraged everyone in risk groups to be very cautious and asked people to take the measures of the Institute of Public Health seriously.
The 41-year-old had a kidney transplant 15 years ago.
According to Os- and Fusaposten, friends of the family started a fundraising campaign on the website Spleis on Sunday night to help the family. Linda Helen Lundekvam, who initiated the campaign said to VG on Monday night that over 500,000 kroner has been received in the account in less than a day.
In the 40-49 age group, this is the fourth death, according to figures from the Institute of Public Health.
The death was also the first Coronavirus death in the Bjørnafjorden municipality, which has just under 26,000 inhabitants.
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