The man died in the cantonal hospital in Basel Country on Sunday morning.
As with the first person to die of the virus on Switzerland – a 74-year-old woman who died in the canton of Vaud on Thursday morning – the man was advanced in age and suffered from a chronic medical condition.
The man had been hospitalised last week, however doctors are as yet unaware of where he contracted the virus.
When making the announcement of the man's death, Swiss health officials reminded the public to only visit the hospital if it is absolutely necessary.
“We have to protect the healthcare system. Only people in need of hospital belong to the hospital.”