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Malaga police officer dies with Covid-19 after returning from duty in the Canary Islands

Colleagues gather to pay their respects at the Malaga hospital where the Malaga-born policeman died.
Colleagues gather to pay their respects at the Malaga hospital where the Malaga-born policeman died. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • The 51-year-old officer had been deployed to the Canaries to help with the arrival of migrants

A 51-year-old National Police officer from Malaga has died this Monday with Covid-19 after returning from duty in the port of Arguineguín, where he been deployed to help with the arrival of migrants in the Canary Islands.

According to sources the officer returned to Malaga on 30 December with symptoms compatible with the disease – although an antigen test gave a negative result.

On 1 January, his condition worsened and he went to the Parque San Antonio hospital, where he was admitted with bilateral pneumonia caused by the virus. Official sources said he died this Monday.

Another member of the unit that went to the Canaries for a two-week stint of duty on 16 December has also had a positive PCR test since the admission of the deceased officer to the hospital.

Once the news of the officer's death spread National Police colleagues gathered at the hospital to pay their respects.