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German visiting professor dies of COVID-19 in Crete

A 42-year-old German visiting professor died in the general hospital of Heraklio, Crete, on Wednesday. He was the third confirmed case on the island and was hospitalized intubated in the Intensive Care Unit in the last days. According to local media, he had no underlying health problems.

Short before he fell ill, he had arrived on the island in order to hold classes for postgraduate Chemistry students at the University of Crete. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen. He held a closed seminar for three days.

He was staying in the home of a Greek colleague also a Chemist.

It is believed that he contracted the virus in Germany as his contacts there as well as his laboratory assistant were tested positive on coronavirus.

He fell ill around March 13 and was admitted to hospital.

The man was struggling for his life and was reportedly in relatively “good condition” still on Wednesday morning.

A few hours later, his condition sharply and quickly deteriorated, and passed away in the afternoon, local media note.

So far, there have been 8 confirmed cases on the island of Crete, including the German visiting professor.

He was the second death on Wednesday, the first in Crete and the 22. victim of COVID-19 in Greece.

According to the official data released today the total number of confirmed cases in the country are 821.

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