Northinety six deaths; ninety-six lives lost. This week, the daily reported coronavirus death toll in the UK rose to its highest number since March. Now grieving families are speaking out to remind the public that these are not just statistics and to urge people to get vaccinated and continue to take precautions.
Since the UK announced zero coronavirus deaths on June 1 for the first time in nearly a year, 1,114 deaths 73 of them were reported Wednesday, meaning amid a surge in cases that the vaccination program has weakened but not broken the link between infections and deaths. The total number of people who have lost their lives due to the pandemic now stands at 128,823.
Jo Goodman, co-founder of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said that for families who had lost people to the virus “the last few weeks have been the most harrowing” as restrictions have been lifted in England.
“Bereaved families know very well that those who continue to die from the pandemic are not just statistics, but people who leave behind a world of pain, misery and pain for their loved ones. We must not allow them to be forgotten, ”he said.
Carla Hodges, 35, said the new wave of Covid has torn her family apart. Her stepfather Leslie Lawrenson, 58, died at home from the virus on July 2 and her mother ended up in the hospital.
Leslie, a musician who played in bands, had no underlying health problems and thought he could survive Covid because the death rate was so low. He had not been vaccinated.
Leslie, who grew up in Hertfordshire and moved to Dorset, met his wife at school and reunited with her later in life, and the couple have an 11-year-old son. “I didn’t believe in vaccines,” Carla said. “My mother also did not have the vaccine, although she had underlying health problems, such as diabetes.” She said her mother was now looking to take a hit, adding: “She is very lucky to still be here.”
About 60% of people admitted to hospital with Covid are not vaccinated, the government’s top scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said this week. Although there are more young people who contract Covid and are hospitalized than in the first wave, 3% of the deaths between May 28 and July 9 occurred among those under 40 years old, 17% were between 40 and 59 years and 80% were 60 years or older.
“Covid has torn the family apart,” Carla said. “The nurses and doctors told my mother, ‘With Covid, there are no textbook diseases and everyone reacts differently.’
“I know that not getting vaccinated is a great regret from my mother. He was embarrassed to tell the hospital staff that he hadn’t received the jab. ”He said his mother is now struggling with rent payments and funeral costs, and crowdfunding. the page has been launched. “A message for everyone: get prodded,” Carla said.
British Airways pilot Nicholas Synnott was elated when he left the intensive care unit in the US after 243 days and headed home to Surrey thinking he had won his battle with Covid. He hit the air and hugged the medical staff as he left.
But Synnott died in June, 15 months after first contracting the virus while flying to Houston in Texas from Heathrow. Synnott, 60, reportedly experienced multi-organ failure at the hospital and his wife, Nicola, 54, spent every day by his bedside.
Brendon Jones died of Covid at age 33 on July 13 after a short battle with the disease. He had also not been vaccinated because he suffered from agoraphobia and had had trouble organizing transportation to receive the puncture.
Brendon, who lived with his parents, woke up one day looking bad. “It started with a cough at first. She didn’t normally get sick, but with this, she weakened very quickly, said her mother, Hayley Jones. “It started with vomiting and diarrhea and then she had chest pains and her breathing went downhill. His throat was closing. “
He called 111 and spoke to an ambulance team, but even though his son was gasping for air, they told him he didn’t need paramedics, he said. She stayed home for the next few days unable to move until she began to lose consciousness and lose consciousness and an ambulance was called again. This time he ended up in intensive care. A few days later he died.
His mother described her son as a “mild and shy child outside his family.” His world came to life online and he had a passion for video games. When she died, her mother said people touched her and told her how much her family had meant to Brendon.
“His death will leave a huge hole… Brendon led a different kind of life than the norm, but it was his life. He accepted everyone as they were and his friends and family accepted him. For this, he will always be remembered ”.
Hayley said that her son had no other health conditions and that people should realize that young people can also contract the virus and die from it. “Brendon didn’t believe in imposing the vaccine on people and that everyone had a choice, but he believed in it and wanted it himself,” he said.
Additional reporting by Niamh McIntyre
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism