THE Spanish health authorities are investigating whether a 66-year old Icelandic patient at Torrevieja hospital has the coronavirus.
The woman, who reportedly recently visited the Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus is thought to have emerged and which is currently on lockdown, went to the hospital yesterday suffering from a cough and a temperature, identified as symptoms of a respiratory illness compatible with the coronavirus.
Both she and her 52-year old partner, who accompanied to the hospital, are being kept in isolation from other patients while her test results have been sent to the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid to determine whether this a coronavirus case.
According to Spanish media reports the pair flew into Alicante a short time ago for a holiday on the southern Costa Blanca.
If confirmed as the coronavirus this would be the first case in Spain. Three other possible cases, two in Barcelona and one in Vizcaya, tested negative for the condition.