British diplomat dies of coronavirus in Hungary after telling friends he felt fine

Steven Dick.
Steven Dick. Photo credit: British Foreign Office

A senior British diplomat has died of coronavirus in Hungary, just a week after telling friends he felt "fine but bored" upon contracting the disease.

Steven Dick, Britain's Deputy Ambassador to Hungary, died in Budapest on Tuesday (local time), according to the British Foreign Office.

He had recently returned to Budapest after a holiday in Mexico.

Upon Dick's arrival back in Hungary, he revealed to some friends over WhatsApp that he had contracted COVID-19 and had subsequently placed himself in self-isolation.

In the message, he told them he felt "fine but bored" - but local sources in Hungary say his condition rapidly declined in the days before his death.

Dick had been checked in to hospital on the weekend, but could not be saved. He was 37.

A statement from Britain's Foreign Secretary described Dick as "a dedicated diplomat" who "represented his country with great skill and passion".

"He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him," said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hungary is 226, with 10 deaths.

However the country has so far carried out less than 7000 tests, and there are fears the true number of cases is significantly higher.

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