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26th March, 2020

British diplomat dies of coronavirus

Stephen Dick, deputy head of mission at the British embassy, is the tenth person in Hungary to die from the coronavirus, the embassy confirmed to Index.

He was 37 years old. According to an official announcement, he suffered from chronic illnesses.

He was taken into a Hungarian hospital in recent days, after contracting the Covid-19 virus last week, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports.

Dick arrived in Hungary in October, 2019, having worked as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.

British ambassador Iain Lindsay said “We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and friends. Steven was a dear colleague and friend, who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival last October with his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mourned the loss of “a dedicated diplomat who represented his country with skill and passion”.

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