37-year-old British diplomat dies from COVID-19

37-year-old British diplomat dies from COVID-19
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A 37-year-old British diplomat based in Hungary has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Wednesday.

Steven Dick, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest, died Tuesday shortly after testing positive for the virus, which has now infected at least 226 people in Hungary and resulted in 10 deaths, including Dick's, as of Wednesday, Sky reported.

"Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew,” his parents, Steven and Carol Dick, said in a statement. “He was kind, funny and generous. It was always his dream to work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas.  We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time."


Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the diplomat "dedicated" and said he "represented his country with great skill and passion.”

"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," Iain Lindsay, the British ambassador to Hungary, said in a statement. “We will miss him so much.”

The U.K., meanwhile, has ordered stringent restrictions to stem the spread of the virus this week, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson barring citizens from leaving their homes except to buy essentials, address medical emergencies, engage in one form of exercise a day or to do “absolutely necessary” work.

The Hill has reached out to the British Embassy in Washington for comment.