Young German Academic Dies in Greece from Coronavirus Complication

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Birds fly over Athens, Monday, March 23, 2020, during a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. All citizens and residents must stay at home, or risk a 150-euros (160 US dollars) fine. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

HERAKLION - A 42-year old German lecturer from University of Bremen, Andreas Hilboll, who was teaching at the University of Crete was on Thursday reported to have died from Covid-19, the first coronavirus death at the island.

The case alarmed scientists as he was reportedly not suffering from any underlying health issues, as is often the case with Covid-19 fatalities.

Crete's health authorities reported that the man developed a fatal complication observed in several serious coronavirus cases worldwide.

He was buried on Thursday in the city of Heraklion's new cemetery, while the University of Crete released a condolences statement praising the young academic as a valuable member of the scientific community.

The University of Crete also said that all the students who had attended Hilboll’s lectures are in fine health, although deeply shocked.

Andreas Hilboll was an atmospheric scientist and postdoc researcher, and a permanent member of the teaching and research staff at the Bremen university's Institute of Environmental Physics.