British woman on Mediterranean cruise dies of Covid in Italy

British woman, 60, dies of Covid in Italian hospital after discovering she and her husband had been infected during Mediterranean cruise

  • The woman died in the early hours of Friday morning in Salerno, Italy 
  • She had been in isolation with her husband after testing positive on the cruise
  • The Bolette cruise ship came into Salerno port on Wednesday evening
  • The woman was evacuated and rushed to hospital with severe respiratory problems 

A British woman has died from respiratory complications brought about by Covid after she discovered she had been infected while on a cruise ship in the Mediterannean.

The 60-year-old, who has not yet been named, died at the San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona hospital in Salerno in the early hours of Friday morning.

Her husband was also infected with Covid but has not experienced life-threatening symptoms.

The pair had spent days in isolation when the Bolette cruise ship came into port at Salerno on Wednesday night, after they tested positive for Covid.

Bolette was carrying 800 people on a cruise of the Mediterranean, having previously sailed through the fjords of Norway.

The 60-year-old, who has not yet been named, died at the San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona hospital in Salerno (pictured) in the early hours of Friday morning

The cruise ship Bolette, on which the woman first discovered she had been infected with Covid, was carrying 800 people on a cruise of the Mediterranean (Bolette is pictured centre in Tenerife in 2021)

Upon arrival into Salerno port on Wednesday evening, the condition of the woman was already serious.

She was transported by wheelchair into an ambulance waiting in the port and was rushed directly to the Ruggi hospital.

Italian newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno reported the victim was suffering with extreme breathing difficulties, and by the time she arrived in the hospital was experiencing cardiogenic shock.

Doctors wanted to transfer the woman to a nearby Covid intensive care ward in the nearby hospital in Scafati roughly 18 miles away, but could not risk moving her due to her extremely low heart rate and blood pressure.

Despite the best efforts of the Ruggi medical staff, the woman died in the early hours of Friday morning, just over 24 hours after leaving the Bolette.

Her husband remains in isolation at the hospital.

The cruise ship meanwhile quickly left port, in accordance with safety protocols designed to limit the spread of Covid according to Corriere.

There have been just over 56,000 recorded cases of Covid in Italy in the past 24 hours, according to WHO data.

1,003 people died from complications attributed to Covid in Italy last week according to the same data.

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