The first European deaths from Covid-19 occurred in Serbia on February 5 last year, Serbian scientists said. The man’s death was 10 days ahead of the first-ever death in France, according to a study cited by MTI researchers in Belgrade.
The 56-year-old Belgrade construction worker, who had not previously been abroad, was hospitalized on 5 February with shortness of breath, cough and fever. He died within hours, the autopsy revealed that pneumonia led to his death.
Months later, however, the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Medical University of Belgrade found evidence that the man had died as a result of Covid-19.
Milenko Bogdanovic pathologist said a study written by 12 scientists in Frontiers in Medicine last week suggests that Covid-19 was already present in Europe much earlier than previously thought.
Covid-19 was probably the cause of many pneumonia of unknown origin reported in January and February 2020.
The researchers wrote.
The first infection of the new type of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was confirmed in France on January 24 last year, and the first death of the virus-related disease, Covid-19, was also reported from here on February 15.
Bogdanovis said the researchers looked at a frozen sample of a Serbian man from a fluid in the eyeball to detect the virus.
It is currently the first post-mortem Covid-19 death in Europe
Said the researcher. The first infection in Serbia was officially reported on March 6, 2020. In a country of about seven million people, 4,351 people have died from the disease so far.
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