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Australian tourist, found dead in Bali after 'respiratory problems'

David William John Sparenburg, 53, (pictured: passport) died in the early hours of Wednesday after suffering breathing difficulties in a guest house in Munggu

An Australian living in Bali has been found dead inside his hotel room amid reports he may have had coronavirus.

David William John Sparenburg, 53, died in the early hours of Wednesday after suffering breathing difficulties in a guest house in Munggu near the popular tourist spot Canggu.

Mr Sparenburg complained of having a shortness of breath to his girlfriend Eka Surtika before dying in her arms.

Police arrived at the home in protective gear following COVID-19 restrictions.

Mengwi Police Chief I Gede Eka Putra Astawa said Ms Surtika had given the 53-year-old medicine before he passed away. 

'She lived at the same address as him. She then gave him his medicine, a few hours later he again complained of breathing problems, held Eka and died in her arms,' he said, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

'The witness contacted the home owner who then contacted the authorities. COVID-19 protocol were then followed during evacuation to Sanglah hospital morgue. There were no sign of trauma on his body.

'There is no history of COVID-19 in the area. We hope to get the test results back in a day or two. We did find a health record from a local hospital, he went to get a check-up a few months back. It is unclear what kind of check-up he did back then.' 

There have been just 490 cases of COVID-19 in Bali and five people have died.

Police arrived at the guest house in full protective gear in line with current coronavirus restrictions

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