Sailor in Narvik died of COVID-19, autopsy shows

Pepple Bech shipPhoto: Jørn Indresand Fremover / NTB
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The autopsy report of a man who died on a ship in Narvik found that he died of COVID-19. The ship’s crew is no longer in quarantine.

“The crew is now asymptomatic. The ore ship is no longer in quarantine but will be inspected by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate before it can load up and leave,” Narvik Municipality stated on Friday.

The Philippine-registered ship Pebble Beach arrived in Narvik on May 5.

An older man, who was in the risk group, died the night of May 12 after what is described as a short course of illness.

Corona outbreak

On the same day, 16 out of the ship’s 18 crew members tested positive for corona, including the deceased. Later, all 18 tested positive on a PCR test.

The police did not find reason to suspect any criminal activity and did not launch an investigation. They also did not request an autopsy. However, the municipal authorities in Narvik decided that the man’s body should be autopsied for the sake of his relatives and medical reasons.

“The autopsy report is now available. The findings are compatible with COVID-19 as the cause of death,” the Municipality reported on Friday afternoon.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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