These are the health workers who have died from coronavirus

The risks taken daily by the armies of British doctors, nurses and healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients have been starkly illustrated by a growing number of deaths.

The rising tally comes amid mounting concerns over the testing crisis, with ministers under increasing pressure to explain when NHS workers are to be tested and why Britain lags behind other nations in testing.

The Government is also under pressure to accelerate the supply of protective equipment and address growing fears that frontline staff risk both catching and spreading coronavirus.

The devastated daughter of one medic who died likely spoke for all grieving relatives when she said her father had made the ultimate sacrifice for his patients.

The NHS workers’ deaths have been described as a “a stark reminder to the whole country that we all must take this crisis seriously”.

Here, the Telegraph pays tribute to medics who have died and tells their stories.

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May 1

Dr Furqan Ali Siddiqui, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Dr Furqan Ali Siddiqui

Dr Furqan Ali Siddiqui, a father-of-six, had been on a ventilator for four weeks before he died in intensive care.

The plastic surgeon, 50, had started working on the frontline at Manchester Royal Infirmary treating coronavirus patients.

His wife, also a doctor, and children live in Pakistan. Dr Siddiqui had recently moved to Manchester to support his family, and was coming to the end of his NHS training.

The Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the UK said: “Despite the risk to his own health and life, he continued to care for his patients. Unfortunately, he himself fell ill with Covid-19.

“He is another NHS hero who had travelled thousands of miles to work for the NHS and made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Ray Lever, Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital

Ray Lever

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Ray Lever, a domestic services assistant at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, has been remembered as “the perfect dad and grandad” who was always showing colleagues pictures of his grandchildren. 

Mr Lever, 62, was a “credit to the NHS”, his Trust said.

His daughters paid tribute to medical staff who fulfilled his last request to have a drink of his favourite beer.

“Our world will never be the same again,” his daughters Rachel, Kathryn and Rebecca said. “Dad was the perfect dad and granddad, and nothing was ever too much trouble for him if it meant helping someone else.

Andrew Jones, the Trust facilities director, said: “He was always showing pictures of his family and particularly his grandchildren who he doted on.

“It is so very sad for everyone who had the privilege to know and work with Ray.”

April 30

Gill Oakes, Bolton Hospice

Gill Oakes

Gill Oakes, a senior clinical support nurse at Bolton Hospice, died at the Royal Bolton Hospital after contracting Covid-19.

Chief executive of the hospice, Leigh Vallance, said: “She was a dedicated and compassionate member of our team, caring for patients at Bolton Hospice for nearly 24 years. She will be dearly missed by us all.

“Gill was the sort of person who always offered to help others – nothing was ever too much trouble for her.

“She was a brilliant nurse who often helped new members of the team settle into their role at the hospice.

“We will always remember her kindness and her lovely smile.

“We’d like to thank our colleagues at Royal Bolton Hospital for taking care of Gill, and our thoughts are with her family at this impossibly sad time.”

Mark Stanley, Halifax Ambulance Station

Mark Stanley

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Mark Stanley, 57, who was stationed at Halifax Ambulance Station in West Yorkshire, died in Calderdale Royal Hospital after a week-long battle with the virus.  

The paramedic of more than 30 years, who completed military service in the Life Guards, leaves behind his wife and two grown-up daughters. 

His friend Mark Rattigan, who is also a paramedic, said: “He was as fit as you can get for a 57-year-old. You would struggle to find a 30-year-old with his level of fitness. But it’s taken him down in a week.”

Colleagues gathered outside his station in Halifax on Thursday evening to pay tribute to him during the Clap For Carers.

Philomina Cherian, John Radcliffe Hospital 

Philomina Cherian

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Nurse Philomina Cherian, 62, “dedicated her career to helping save lives” her husband said after she died from Covid-19.

Ms Cherian, from Oxford, worked at the Acute Admissions Unit at John Radcliffe Hospital as part of a 15-year NHS career.

Her husband Joseph Varkey, 63, said he never had a chance to say goodbye.

“It was really difficult to see her go like this,” Mr Varkey said.

“When she left for the hospital in the ambulance, I didn’t tell her goodbye as I didn’t know it was the last time I was going to speak to her and see her in person.

“She was known by many within the NHS and was seen as a valued member of the organisation. She dedicated her career to helping save lives, even though she had diabetes and, recently, asthma.

“Many people contacted the family regarding the sad news, showing that Philomina was beloved by many and will always be remembered.”

April 29

Dr Nasir Khan,  Dewsbury and District Hospital

Dr Nasir Khan

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Dr Nasir Khan, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, joined the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in November.

The 46-year-old, a “dedicated and compassionate” hospital consultant and father-of-three, had been working at Dewsbury and District Hospital when he fell ill with the virus about a month ago.

His son, Mahad Ali Khan, said he would “look for the slightest of excuses to help those in need”.

The trust said colleagues were “devastated” by his death.

He is believed to be among the youngest hospital consultants to have died after contracting Covid-19.

April 27

Jermaine Wright, Hammersmith Hospital

Jermaine Wright (right)

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Jermaine Wright, who was one of the main organisers of the iconic Hackney Marshes matches in east London, died from Covid-19 aged just 45.

The senior pharmacy technician was a key figure in the grassroots football league – which helped the careers of England stars David Beckham, John Terry and Ian Wright.

League officials paid tribute to an “extraordinary” human being who was known as “Mr Hackney Marshes”.

Dino Constantinou, who ran the league’s website, said: “Everyone at the Hackney Marshes will always remember Jermaine for his beaming smile, his welcoming demeanour and ability to go out of his way for anyone.

“These are the traits that mark the true man, his willingness to put others before him.”

Ken Lambatan, St George’s Hospital

Ken Lambatan

Cardiology nurse Ken Lambatan has been described as “a true gem” by colleagues following his death from Covid-19. 

The 34-year-old, who was based in the cardiology department at St George’s Hospital, was “fit and active” according to a friend on social media. 

Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive of St George’s Hospital and Professor Jenny Higham, Principal, St George’s, University of London, said: “Everyone at St George’s is deeply saddened by the death of Ken, one of our cardiac research nurses.

“Ken was very popular with staff, and described as a ‘true gem’ by those that knew him well. He was dedicated to his role as a research nurse here at St George’s, and was as popular with his patients as he was with colleagues.”

Anujkumar Kuttikkottu Pavithran, Boston Pilgrim Hospital 

Anujkumar Kuttikkottu Pavithran

Anujkumar Kuutikkottu Pavithran, also known as Kumar, was a nurse at a Boston hospital when he passed away from coronavirus. 

Colleagues said he was a “well liked, professional and respected member of the team who will be greatly missed”.

Kumar’s brother Jerry Varghese set up a fundraising page to help pay for the funeral of the 44-year-old and to help his sibling’s wife and two children.

He left a heartfelt tribute to his brother, who he says worked “day and night” during the pandemic, and who worked for the NHS for the past nine years. 

The post read: “This man took pride in how well he took care of his family and his well being. The love he put into this world was truly remarkable.”

Julius Sana, Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport

Julius Sana

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Healthcare support worker Julius Sana died from coronavirus after NHS 111 failed to call him back, his sister claimed.

Mr Sana, 40, contracted coronavirus while working in a private hospital in Newport, South Wales.

His sister, Jovelyn Villareal, dropped Mr Sana at the hospital on May 7 after he began complaining of a fever and recorded a temperature of 39C.

“I called 111 and they said they would call back but didn’t,” Ms Villareal said. 

“I called back five hours later and they said they would call an ambulance, but because he was alert he was not a priority, which is understandable. So me and my husband brought him to the hospital.

“The last thing we did was pray together, then I left him in the hospital because they wouldn’t let us in.”

The married father-of-two died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport where he had been on a ventilator for 18 days, the first of which was his daughter’s fifth birthday.

April 26

Eileen Landers, Queen’s Hospital 

Eileen Landers

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Tributes have been paid to a hospital cleaner with a “heart of gold” after she died from coronavirus.

Eileen Landers died at the place where she had worked for the past 16 years, Queen’s Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent, on Sunday.

Ms Landers’ sister, Margaret Landers, said her sibling grew up in Tipperary in Ireland and moved to England in her early 20s where she worked for the NHS.

“Eileen had a heart of gold and was the most generous person. We will all miss her greatly,” her sister said. 

Ms Landers was praised by NHS trust chief executive Gavin Boyle said: “Eileen joined the trust as a domestic assistant at Queen’s Hospital Burton in 2004 and was a very popular member of the team.

“She worked in many departments and wards across the hospital, most recently in the discharge lounge, and was known for her high standards, which colleagues and the nursing team say were second to none.

“During her time here she was known for her absolute dedication to her role and her dedication to coming to clean the hospital and protect patients.”

Fiona Anderson, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Fiona Anderson 

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A nurse who died after contracting Covid-19 was “doing what she loved, working for the NHS and caring for those in need”, her family has said.

Fiona Anderson loved her job as a community staff nurse at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre, in Sunderland, and “devoted her life to helping others”, her colleagues have said.

Ms Anderson died on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus.

Her sister Sarah Anderson said: “We are incredibly proud of Fiona.

“She died doing what she loved, working for the NHS and caring for those in need.

“Always in our hearts and never forgotten.”

Elma Cavalida, Northwick Park Hospital

Elma Cavalida

Maternity assistant Elma Cavalida has been described as a “bubbly, friendly and kind-spirited” woman by friends after she died from coronavirus. 

Ms Cavalida, a mother of three, arrived in England 10 years ago from the Philippines, according to a GoFundMe page set up by friends. 

She is understood to have contracted Covid-19 whilst at work and “became so unwell to do the job she loved doing,” her friends wrote. 

“She was a true fighter, when I last saw her in the ICU on Saturday night, she was calm and quiet with tears in her eyes.”

She passed away April 26 in Barnet General Hospital’s intensive care unit.

April 25

Jodon Gait, Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Jodon Gait was described as a “dedicated, passionate, caring” healthcare assistant known for his sense of humour after he died of coronavirus.

Mr Gait, 46, worked in care homes for 15 years before joining the Medical Short Stay unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital a year ago.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said he was a “much-loved member of our nursing team”.

“Colleagues who worked most closely with him describe Jodon as a dedicated, passionate, caring colleague; a quirky character who always put patients at the centre of everything he did, delivering fantastic quality of care to his patients and who had a great sense of humour who will be massively missed by all of the team,” he said.

Mr Gait, who had been self-isolating at home after developing symptoms of the virus, died on Saturday.

April 24

Larni Zuniga

Larni Zuniga, 53


Care home nurse Larni Zuniga fought for his life alongside Boris Johnson in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

Mr Zuniga, 54, from the Philippines, worked at a care home in Bagshot, Surrey, and died after a three-week fight in the same intensive therapy unit as the Prime Minister, his family confirmed.

The health worker had worked in the UK for 12 years, according to reports. 

Mr Zuniga’s cousin, who is also a nurse, said: “Larni was a true professional, who touched the lives of many.

“He made a tremendous difference to a lot of people’s lives and he was highly respected by patients and colleagues alike.”

Andy Costa, Highgate Mental Health Centre

Ward manager Andy Costa was described as “a highly respected, conscientious and long-serving colleague” during his time working at Highgate mental health centre. 

Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust praised Mr Costa’s “26 years of diligence and loyalty” to helping others. 

His commitment to the Trust was celebrated last summer with a tea party at the Irish Centre in Camden. 

The trust said: “Andy will be very much missed by us all, especially by his many colleagues and friends in the ward, administration and domestic staff areas at Highgate Mental Health Centre. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.”

Adekunle Enitan, William Harvey Hospital

Adekunle Enitan

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Nurse Adekunle Enitan, 55, died in the intensive care unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, where he had worked for the past five years. 

The father-of-two – who had recently completed a PhD in hospital management – was cared for by the team he had worked alongside as a nurse.

The hospital announced that there will be a permanent memorial to remember Mr Enitan which will be arranged with his family and colleagues.

His wife Temitayo, son Martin and daughter, Divine, paid tribute to him, saying: “Adekunle was a great father and husband who cared deeply for us as well as others around him.

“We are all very thankful for the memories that we shared with him. He is now gone but he will never be forgotten and his spirit will always be beside us.”

Yvonne Davis, ITU Senior Sister and Ade’s PhD mentor said: “We are deeply saddened to lose Ade. He was an excellent nurse and a kind and cheery soul with a dry sense of humour. He could always make me laugh.

“He worked hard for his patients and in his studies. He cared deeply about what he did, coming in on his days off to help develop a new garden for our ITU patients. I am proud to have called him my friend. We will all miss him greatly.”

April 23

Emelita Hurboda

Mother-of-three Emelita Hurboda has been described as a “dedicated nurse” by her daughters. 

Mrs Hurboda, 62, originally from the Philippines, “spent her life caring for others”, her family said.

Her daughter Michelle said: “Our mum is a dedicated nurse who spent her life caring for others.

“She was a strong woman with a kind heart who always put her loved ones first.

“The doctors and nurses have given us the opportunity to see her one last time and say our goodbyes. We stayed by her side until she passed away.”

Mrs Hurboda worked in Nottingham and was formerly a paediatric nurse in Saudi Arabia.

April 22

Dr Medhat Atalla, Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Dr Medhat Atalla, who worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, was described by the trust as a “very special human being”

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Dr Atalla,  a consultant geriatrician, has been described as “a real NHS hero”.

In a statement, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals said he was “a hugely popular and respected colleague”.

Tributes flooded in on social media, where one colleague wrote: “RIP you wonderful man.

“Your ward rounds were absolute gold, so much time spent listening to patients & giving them a reassuring squeeze when so many of us felt too rushed for time.

“You made them smile so much & your empathy did not go unnoticed. An enormous loss to geriatrics.”

Another said: “God bless him, he was a real NHS hero.

“I for one will never forget him. My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family and colleagues. I know everyone will be devastated.”

Angie Cunningham, NHS Borders

Angie Cunningham

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Colleagues of Angie Cunningham described her as a “proud” nurse who had worked for NHS Borders in Scotland for more than three decades.

Ms Cunningham died on April 22 in the intensive care unit at Borders General Hospital, located on the outskirts of Melrose, where she had worked as a registered nurse.

Ralph Roberts, chief executive on NHS Borders, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear family member and colleague Angie Cunningham on Wednesday from Covid-19 in the Intensive Care Unit at the Borders General Hospital.

“Angie was a much-loved wife, mother, sister, granny and great granny, as well as a friend to many more.

“Angie worked in NHS Borders for over 30 years and during this time was a much respected and valued colleague within the hospital, providing amazing care to patients.

“She was very proud to be a nurse alongside her love for her family.”

Mahadaye Jagroop, Heartlands Hospital

Mahadaye Jagroop, known as Mary, died in Heartlands Hospital, where she worked, on April 22.

Devastated colleagues paid tribute to a “beautiful” and “much-loved” member of the team who cared for Covid-19 patients.

Lisa Stalley-Green, chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Mary was a respected and loved member of our team and touched the lives of many in her distinguished career as a nurse.

“This was demonstrated by the beautiful and heartfelt tribute by colleagues at Heartlands Hospital this morning. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”

Melonie Mitchell, NHS 111 London

Melonie Mitchell worked as an operator for the NHS 111 service when she died from coronavirus. 

Chief executive of the London ambulance service, Garrett Emmerson, said: “It is with great sadness I confirm the death of Melonie Mitchell, a member of our NHS 111 team.

“Our condolences are with her family at this sad time. Melonie will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues across the service.”

April 21

Ian Reynolds, London

Ian Reynolds, 53, had worked as a paramedic for 32 years, and for the last eight had been working as a member of the Selhurst Park pitch-side medical team

Credit: Crystal Palace FC

Mr Reynolds, 53, was the third member of the London Ambulance Service to lose his life to coronavirus. 

The paramedic, a father-of-two, was based in New Addington, south London, and had worked for the service for 32 years.

For the last eight years, he had been working as a member of the Selhurst Park pitch-side medical team.

Crystal Palace Football Club paid tribute to him and said he was a “much-loved colleague” and friend.

Dr Amir Pakravan said: “Our pitch-side medical team will not be the same without Ian.”

The Unison union said: “Ian was the mate who always had time for a curry and a chat, who knew what you were going through and would be there for you with wise words and irreverent jokes in equal measure.”

Sharon Bamford, Swansea

Sharon Bamford, 63, and her husband Malcolm 73, became doting grandparents just weeks before they both fell ill with the virus


Sharon Bamford was described as a “warm” and “caring” healthcare assistant who worked on the haematology/oncology ward at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.

Her death follows that of her husband Malcolm, who also died after contracting Covid-19.

Their son, Christian, was admitted to hospital with the virus but has since been discharged.

Mrs Bamford had worked at the hospital for a number of years, working on the haematology/oncology ward since 2005.

Jan Worthing, director of Singleton Hospital, said: “Sharon was highly thought of by all the patients who have used the services and loved by her colleagues and friends within the team.

“Sharon’s sad death will leave a massive void within the team and within the Singleton family.

Ann Shepherd, Moir Medical Centre in Long Eaton, Derbyshire

Ann Shepherd had worked in mental health services for 26 years

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Tributes have been paid to an “honest and compassionate” NHS mental health counsellor who died after contracting Covid-19.

Ann Shepherd, who worked at the Moir Medical Centre in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, for 26 years, died in hospital earlier this week.

The Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said the 80-year-old, from Leicester, had underlying health conditions before contracting coronavirus.

Paying tribute to Ms Shepherd, trust chief executive Ifti Majid said: “Ann was a wonderful colleague, held in very high esteem by all she worked with. She was truly devoted to her work and her patients and was inspirational in her field.

“She was also a phenomenal character, full of colour and sparkle.

“Ann always made time for members of her team. I understand that even after her provisional diagnosis of Covid-19, Ann would call to check if colleagues were OK and if they need any support.

“Ann was a true professional, who touched the lives of many. She made a tremendous difference to a lot of people’s lives and she was highly respected by patients and colleagues alike.

“Ann is a very sad loss to the trust and those she worked alongside at Moir Medical Centre. My thoughts are with Ann’s family, her many friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Ms Shepherd’s colleagues have also paid tribute to her, saying: “The team at Moir Medical Centre are deeply saddened by the loss of Ann.

“Based at the Moir Medical Centre for over 26 years, Ann was an integral and highly regarded member of our team.

“Ann was more than a work colleague. Her support for other members of the practice team and her contribution to life within the practice was outstanding.

“She could always be relied upon for honest and compassionate advice for patients and staff.

“She had a huge impact on her patients, who would speak favourably of their treatment with her for years afterwards. Her enthusiasm for her work was an inspiration to all. She will be sincerely missed.”

Julie Penfold, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in Merseyside

Julie Penfold has been described as an “exceptional woman” by her husband

Credit: Wirral University Hospital Foundation Trust 

A nurse who died after testing positive for coronavirus has been described as an “exceptional woman” by her husband.

Julie Penfold, 53, was a well-loved member of staff at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in Merseyside.

She had been on a career break due to health issues for about 18 months before her death, a spokesman for the health trust said.

Her husband Nick said: “She loved her job. When she was at school, all she ever talked about was being a nurse.

“She was lovely and never had a bad word to say about anybody and nothing was too much trouble for her. She was always checking on other people and looked after everyone.

“As a mentor she loved training the younger ones and supported a lot of doctors. She was really well-loved. I was really proud of her. She was an exceptional woman.”

Mrs Penfold, known as Jules, had fostered more than 20 children and also had two daughters, a son, an adopted daughter, two step-daughters and 11 grandchildren, as well as a son and daughter who died.

She and her husband would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year.

Mr Penfold: “She was just a beautiful woman and everything I lived for. Her death was just such a shock.”

A spokesman for the health trust said Mrs Penfold, who had underlying health conditions, was a patient at Arrowe Park Hospital when she died.

She had joined the trust as a health care assistant at Arrowe Park in 2003, and trained to become a nurse before moving to Wirral Community Trust for three years.

She later returned to the hospital and was also a mentor to trainee nurses and doctors.

A book of condolence is being set up in the chapel at Arrowe Park Hospital and a minute’s silence is being planned in her memory.

Janelle Holmes, chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “Words cannot express how saddened we all are to lose a member of our own team to Covid-19.

“This is truly devastating and my thoughts and sympathy are with Julie’s family at this time. She was a valued member of staff who cared so much about others.

“I know many colleagues will want to pay their own respects and a book of condolence has been set up for staff to sign and recount their memories of their colleague Jules, which we will pass on to her family. “

April 20

Grant Maganga, Manchester

Grant Maganga was a mental health nurse in Manchester

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Grant Maganga died on April 20 at Tameside Hospital after 11 years of nursing, most recently at Hurst Place in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, a rehabilitation unit for men with severe mental illness and complex needs.

Clare Parker, director of nursing at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Mr Maganga’s unit said: “Grant was an exceptional nurse who cared deeply for his patients and lit up the room with his infectious smile and positive personality.”

“Grant worked in a mental health rehabilitation unit and this is a stark reminder that all nurses are on the front line, no matter where they work.

“His death is another tremendous loss to our nursing community. We will never forget him.”

Kirsty Jones, Lanarkshire

Kirsty Jones

The  “selfless and bright” health care support worker and mother-of-two had worked for  NHS Lanarkshire since the age of 17.

She had recently taken up a role in Lanarkshire’s Community Assessment Centres, to help in the frontline response against the coronavirus pandemic.

Her husband, Nigel, said his wife’s death has left a “void in their hearts that will never be filled”.

He said: “Kirsty devoted her life to caring for others.

“She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and nurse.

“Kirsty was larger than life itself and was a constant source of happiness for all who were around her. She was so proud of her two sons, Sam, 14, and Finlay, 4, and loved them both very, very much.”

Manjeet Riyat, Royal Derby Hospital

Manjeet Riyat

The first Sikh to work as an A&E consultant in the UK, Mr Riyat was known by colleagues at the Royal Derby Hospital as the “father of the emergency department”.

The father-of-two, who previously worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Lincoln County Hospital, was described as “instrumental” in building the emergency medicine service in Derbyshire over two decades.

Trust chief executive Gavin Boyle said: “Mr Riyat, known to his colleagues as Manjeet, was a widely respected consultant in emergency medicine nationally.

“He was an incredibly charming person and well-loved. Manjeet knew so many people here across the hospital; we will all miss him immensely.”

Emergency medicine consultant Susie Hewitt said: “Manjeet was one of the first clinical research fellows in the UK and contributed to the birth of academic emergency medicine.

“Despite his many achievements, Manjeet was most at home as a highly visible ‘shop floor’ emergency medicine consultant.

“He was consistently generous with his remarkable clinical knowledge to everyone in the team. “He had that rare gift of maintaining constant joy in the intellectual challenge of clinical medicine, combined with gentle kindness and compassion for his patients.

“He was a powerful advocate for the sickest patients and was well known for his fair, no-nonsense approach.

“By contrast, Manjeet could be relied upon to lift the mood with his dry humour and sense of fun.”

Sadeq Elhowsh, Whiston Hospital

Sadeq Elhowsh

The 58-year-old father of four worked for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside for 17 years.

His family said he was “a wonderful husband, as well as a devoted father” and someone who “loved his work and was dedicated to supporting his patients and his colleagues”.

Colleague Ravi Gudena said: “Nothing was ever too much trouble for Sadeq, he was always there to help anyone and was happy to do whatever was needed to help his colleagues and patients.”

A crowdfunding page revealed that one of his son’s had recently been offered a place at medical school, which had made him very proud.

Patrick McManus, Staffordshire Royal Infirmary

Patrick McManus

Mr McManus had worked as a nurse for more than 40 years in Staffordshire.

The 60-year-old was described as “an exceptional leader” and a “lovable character” and had worked at Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and the County Hospital in Stafford.

Paying tribute to Mr McManus, Tracy Bullock, UHNM chief executive, said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19.

“He was a lovable character and brought kindness and compassion to all his patients which was acknowledged by the number of compliments and thank you messages he received.

“He was an exceptional leader and took staff and students under his wing. His big Irish personality will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at UHNM.

“Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this very sad time and we thank him for his many years of invaluable service to the trust, to his colleagues and to the patients and families he served.”

Gerallt Davies, Swansea

Gerallt Davies

Mr Davies, 51, is the first paramedic in Wales to die after contracting coronavirus, according to the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Based at Cwmbwrla Station in Swansea, he had worked for the ambulance service for 26 years before losing his life on April 20.

Mr Davies was also national operations officer for St John Cymru Wales, a role which saw him awarded an MBE for his services to first aid provision in 2009.

Jason Killens, chief executive at the Welsh Ambulances Services NHS Trust, said his death was “a devastating blow for us all.”

He added: “Gerallt’s loss will be sorely felt by everyone here at Team WAST, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to his family.

“Our focus now is on supporting Gerallt’s family and bereaved colleagues at this very difficult time.”

Chrissie Emerson, Norfolk

Chrissie Emerson

Ms Emerson was working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn in Norfolk when she died after testing positive for Covid-19.

In a statement released on April 20, chief executive Caroline Shaw and chairman Professor Steve Barnett, said: “The whole family at QEH is deeply saddened at losing Chrissie Emerson, who was such a valued colleague, and much-loved wife to Michael and cherished mother and grandmother.

“We have been in touch with Chrissie’s family to extend our condolences on behalf of everyone at QEH and to offer appropriate support. We have informed our staff about this upsetting news and offered support to those who knew and worked closely with Chrissie.”

Charlie Goodwin, King’s Mill Hospital

Charlie Goodwin, 61, worked as an ambulance driver for more than 20 years and was “totally dedicated to his job”.

He was rushed to King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield where he tested positive for Covid-19 and was subsequently admitted to intensive care.

Mr Goodwin sadly passed away two weeks later on Monday April 20 after he stopped responding to treatment.

His wife, Julie Goodwin, described her husband as “very kind” man who was “totally dedicated to his work” and wanted to “get out there” to help people when the coronavirus outbreak began.

His son, Daniel said said his father was a man who “gave 110 percent to his job and family.”

April 19

Sophie Fagan, Homerton Hospital

Ms Fagan, a 78-year-old Homerton Hospital support worker, “refused to retire” because she “wanted to make a difference and caring for the elderly was her passion.”

She arrived in the UK from India to begin her nurse training aged just 16 in 1961 and had worked in Hackey, north London for more than 50 years.

The Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said Ms Fagan, famed for her colourful jumpers, was “part of the healthcare fabric” in the area.

CEO Tracey Fletcher said: “Sophie Fagan was an extraordinary woman and well known across the Homerton site and indeed Hackney for over 50 years.

“Sophie was 78 when she died and still working. She refused to fully retire and although she did reduce her hours she was often to be found meeting relatives and supporting staff in the hospital when she wasn’t due to be. 

“Given her energy, enthusiasm and the fact that she was seemingly ever present on the site, it is hard to believe she qualified as an enrolled nurse in the Eastern Hospital, Hackney in 1966.”

Grace Kungwengwe, Lewisham Hospital

Grace Kungwengwe 

Ms Kungwengwe, a mother-of-two, died after contracting the virus while battling the pandemic.

A fundraising page set up in her memory said she was a “dedicated NHS worker, who loved her job and was actively working until she tested positive (for) Covid-19”

It said: “She was loved by many and her dedication and care for others was second to none.”

Ms Kungwengwe leaves behind two sons and grandchildren. One colleague said “Grace was loved by many and her dedication and care for others was second to none.”

Margaret Tapley, Witney Community Hospital

Margaret Tapley

The devoted nurse was still working night shifts up until she caught the virus aged 84.

Hannah Tapley, her granddaughter, posted a tribute on Facebook, writing:  “She was 84 and the strongest woman I’ve ever met in my life. I considered her as an additional parent and I’d never be able to do anything I have done without her.

“I am so proud to call her my grandma. She was the most hard working, caring and perfect woman out there. Devoting her life to others and working for the NHS doing night shifts as a nurse at her age!”

Mrs Tapley is thought to be the oldest NHS employee to have been killed by the virus.

Josephine Peter, Southport and Formby District General 

Josephine Peter

Mrs Peter, a mother-of-two, worked at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and “would always go that extra mile” to help people.

Trish Armstrong-Child, chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Josephine’s husband, Thabo, told me she was passionate, hardworking, always putting others before herself. She was ‘my heroine’, he said.

“Our thoughts are with Josephine’s family at this difficult time and we offer them our sincere condolences.”

The South African nurse was described as “diligent” and “highly regarded” by her team. 

Craig Wakeham, Dorset County Hospital 

Craig Wakeham

Dr  Wakeham, 59, a married father-of-two had worked at the Cerne Abbas surgery in Dorset for three decades.

The village surgery said he had been “fighting coronavirus in Dorset County Hospital for many days” after testing positive for Covid-19.

A message on the surgery website said: “He was a leading light in both the Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Medical Committee, as well as a devoted husband and father to his two boys.

“His legacy lives on in our patients who he cared for diligently, and in the good name he built for our surgery.”

Brian Mfula​

A nursing lecturer who taught thousands of frontline NHS staff died after contracting coronavirus.

Brian Mfula, 51, taught mental health nursing at Swansea University and was described an “inspiring teacher who taught from the heart”.

But he died this week after a battle with Covid-19 – and former students have helped hit a £15,000 target to raise money for family.

A spokesman for Swansea University said: “Students have described Brian as an inspiring teacher and role model who taught from the heart, and had a passion for mental health and nursing.

Devastated Kato Mfula, 23, told how he was left “broken” by his “hero” father Brian’s death.

He tweeted: “I never even got to say goodbye to my hero, my dad Brian Mwila Mfula.

“I’m so broken right now I don’t know what we’re gonna do without you.

“I love you so so so much and I’m honoured to call you my Father but I’m even more honoured to be called your son.

“RIP pops thank you.”

Barbara Sage, Marie Curie, London

Barbara Sage, 68, from Bromley in south London, died in intensive care last Sunday after spending more than 40 years working in palliative care.

She was a Marie Curie nurse for 14 years, providing vital care and support on the front line to dying patients in the community.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of Marie Curie, told BBC Breakfast: “Barbara was a beautiful person. She was kind, generous, giving, fun.

“Mother, of course, grandmother, aunt, partner, and our hearts just go out to her family and those who loved her the most.

“This is a tragic loss of a member of the Marie Curie family as well, and has hit the whole Mary Curie family really hard this week.

“It’s a very, very, very special kind of person who becomes a Mary Curie nurse or doctor. These people, every day and every night, being with families who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.

“Sitting with people who are dying, caring for them, loving them, holding their hand, holding their hand physically, caring for them, but also holding their hand emotionally, and after people have breathed their last, being there to hold the family and to care for them as well.

“Barbara had an absolute passion for this work.

“It was a real, real deep, deep pain for her family, that Barbara had been there to hold the hands of so many people as they had died, that they weren’t able to be there to hold her hand as she died, and to hug her and to hold her and just be with her.”

“And in due course we’ll try and find a way in which we can have a way to mark Barbara’s death with her family and with the whole organisation.

“Just holding people. It’s such an example of really what Marie Curie does every day and night and is sort of stepping up to do even more so at the moment in the Covid-19 emergency of trying to hold the nation, to be there, to hold the nation’s hand.”

He said it is not known whether Ms Sage contracted Covid-19 in the course of her work.

Jenelyn Carter, Swansea Bay hospital

Swansea Bay University Health Board paid tribute to Jenelyn Carter, a healthcare assistant who died after being treated for coronavirus.

The health board said she had worked on the admissions ward at Morriston Hospital and was “loved by all her colleagues and patients”.

Mark Madams, nurse director of the hospital, said: “Jenelyn would go the extra mile for anyone, and was a lovely caring person inside and out, with a heart of gold.

“We are devastated by her death and offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends.”

Ruben Munoz, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust

The family of a nursing assistant who died after contracting coronavirus have described him as a “beloved husband and amazing father”.

Ruben Munoz, a father of two and healthcare worker at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust (SASH), died on Friday, the trust said.

His family said in a statement: “Ruben is a good son, a beloved husband and an amazing father to his two children.

“He was so proud of his NHS and Woodland Ward family.”

Michael Wilson, chief executive of SASH, said the death of Mr Munoz had caused “deep sadness” among his colleagues.

He said: “Ruben was a highly respected and talented nursing assistant who showed enormous dedication to caring for his patients every time he walked through our doors.

“He was also a much-loved friend to so many people across our hospital and our team are incredibly saddened by his passing.

“All of our thoughts are with Ruben’s family and we have been in touch with them to express our profound sorrow and condolences.”

April 18

Michael Allieu, Homerton Hospital

Michael Allieu

Staff nurse Michael Allieu died at Homerton Hospital, where he also worked.

Homerton chief executive Tracey Fletcher said: “Michael was a vibrant, larger-than-life character on our acute care unit, and was well known and very well liked throughout the hospital.”

April 17

Wilma Banaag, Watford General Hospital

Ms Banaag had worked at the hospital for 19 years

Ms Banaag moved to the UK from the Philippines in 2001 and had worked in Watford general hospital ever since.

The mother-of-three spent her last days working in a Covid-19 ward where she became infected.

The NHS trust said she was a “truly kind and caring person”, adding: “She is remembered for being a gentle, softly spoken and hardworking nurse with an unforgettable and infectious smile. 

“She enjoyed her job caring for elderly patients and she will be very much missed.”

Linda Clarke, Wigan

Linda Clarke

Ms Clarke was a 66-year-old community midwife at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

She had worked in the maternity service for 30 years.

In a statement, Silas Nicholls, chief executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We can sadly confirm that a member of our staff, Linda Clarke, tragically passed away on April 17. 

“Linda had underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19.

“She will be sadly missed by her colleagues and our thoughts and condolences are with her family, friends and loved ones.”

Khulisani Nkala, Yorkshire

Khulisani Nkala

Mr Nkala was a mental health nurse working for worked for the Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust.

The 46-year-old was described by colleagues as someone who “always put the patient first” and had a smile that “lit up” a room.

Dr Sara Munro, the trust’s chief executive, said: “Khuli (as he was known) was a well-respected and selfless professional nurse, who always put the patient first, and will be greatly missed by his colleagues.”

Vivek Sharma, Kent

Vivek Sharma

Mr Sharma, an occupational therapist, worked for Medway Community Healthcare.

James Devine, chief executive of Medway Foundation Trust (MFT), which runs Medway Maritime hospital where Mr Sharma had previously worked, announced his death in a message to staff.

He said: “I am sad to announce that Vivek Sharma, a former Medway staff member, died yesterday after testing positive for Covid-19.

As an MFT governor, Mr Sharma, 58, chaired a forum for black, Asian and minority ethnic members of staff.

He said at the time: “I want to ensure that they feel that this is their hospital and one then can be proud of.”

Sonya Kaygan, Elizabeth Lodge Care Home 

Sonya Kaygan

Carer Sonya Kaygan was just 26-years-old when she lost her life to coronavirus. 

Leaving behind a three-year-old daughter, Ms Kaygan – a single mother – was praised as a “gentle, caring and kind-hearted soul” by friends. 

“She gave her life to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable,” friends wrote on an online fundraising page to help raise money for funeral costs. 

“Sonya’s mother Ayse is taking care of her grandchild now, while also deeply hurting from the loss of her daughter.

“The money raised will go a long way in making life more bearable after experiencing this unexpected tragedy.”

In an emotional Facebook post, Ayse Mehmet, Sonya’s mother, wrote: “My soul, my angel, I lost the most beautiful angel in this world. We lost the most beautiful angel in this world”.

Jane Murphy, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Jane Murphy re-trained as a clinical support worker

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Jane Murphy, 73, worked at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for almost 30 years, first as a cleaner before being retrained as a clinical support worker.

She had been placed on sick leave when the coronavirus outbreak first emerged due to her age.

Tributes from colleagues hailed her as a mentor to many on the team and a life-long friend to everyone who met her.

Gerry Taylor, who was friends with Miss Murphy for decades, said: “Jane was 73 and still working as a clinical support worker. We met in 1990.

“Jane excelled in her job and learned everything about it – she wasn’t afraid to tell nurses, doctors or consultants if they were not pulling their weight and they loved her for it.

“She was a friend to everyone, and as loyal as loyal could be.

“She left behind two sons who are devastated by their mum’s death as it was so quick and unexpected. Her close friends and work colleagues, who called her Mama Murphy, are in total shock.

“I’m lost without my friend and shall be forever grateful to have known this wonderful woman.”

Gladys Mujajati, Derby City Community Mental Health Team

Gladys Mujajati was praised for her work in the community

Credit: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

A Government minister has paid tribute to a “precious” mental health nurse who died after contracting coronavirus.

Gladys Mujajati, who had an underlying health condition and had stepped away from work in recent weeks, died in hospital earlier this week, the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said.

The 46-year-old, from Littleover, Derby, worked to support people through the Derby City Community Mental Health Team.

Science minister and MP for Derby North Amanda Solloway described Ms Mujajati’s death as “absolutely heartbreaking”.

In a tweet, Ms Solloway said: “Absolutely heartbreaking to hear about the loss of Gladys Mujajati, one of our precious NHS workers and constituent.

“Gladys, was a well loved and caring colleague at Derby City Community Mental Health Team. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends & colleagues.”

The Trust also paid tribute to the nurse, describing her as a “warm and caring individual”.

Chief executive Ifti Majid said: “Gladys was a much-loved member of the Derby City Community Mental Health Team and we are all devastated by her loss.

“Gladys had a big heart and colleagues have talked about how she always had a smile on her face. She was known to be a warm and caring individual, always looking out for her patients and colleagues, showing true compassion and empathy.

“It is clear that in Gladys we have lost a fantastic nurse, colleague and friend. Our thoughts and condolences are with Gladys’ family, friends and colleagues.”

Jenny Esson, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Jenny Esson, 45

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The daughter of NHS staff member Jenny Esson paid tribute to her mother after she died from coronavirus, saying she was “the best person I’ve ever met”.

Ms Esson worked for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) as a training and development coordinator, offering support for those who have had mental or physical health issues.

The 45-year-old, who had underlying health conditions, became unwell while working at home and she died at hospital in Cambridge on 17 April.

In a statement her family added: “She was charismatic, loving, passionate, outrageously funny and loved to laugh. 

“She was fiercely protective of us and always proud to provide for us, look after us. She was happiest at home and was passionate and proud of her work. 

“If Jenny saw something she felt was wrong she wouldn’t just moan about it.

“She would set off to change it as many of you in the trust know and have had her in your ear tenaciously driving her ideas forward. She hated social injustice and stigmatising of any kind.”

Keith Dunnington, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Keith Dunnington, of South Shields, died on Tuesday April 19 after contracting coronavirus.

A staff nurse at the QE Hospital in Gateshead, he was remembered by his family as a “devoted” son and “loving father”. 

Yvonne Ormston MBE, chief executive of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said the 54-year-old was a “popular and hard-working” member of the nursing team.

She said: “Keith was a long-serving staff nurse who worked on medical, surgical and elderly wards here at Gateshead Health NHS FT.

“Keith was a popular and hard-working member of our fantastic nursing team. He will be very missed by his co-workers here at the trust and by the patients he cared for.”

April 16

Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson

Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson, 78, a GP who worked in the NHS for 47 years

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Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson was a GP who worked in the NHS for 47 years before passing away from coronavirus. 

According to his son, Dr Masson contracted the virus whilst he was working. As a result, he started to suffer with bilateral pneumonia requiring admission to Basildon Hospital on March 22 and then University College Hospital on March 31 – his 78th birthday. 

He lost his battle with Covid-19 on April 16. 

Dr Kamlesh Masson came to the UK in 1973 after completing his medical training in India and working as a doctor in East Africa. 

He worked in Barking, Ashby De La Zouch and Kings Lynn before settling with his family in Essex.

In an obituary, his son Deepak wrote: “Kamlesh will be missed dearly by his family and anyone fortunate to have known this committed, generous and loving man.”

April 15

Simon Guest, Furness General Hospital

A radiographer at Furness General Hospital, Mr Guest died on the evening of April 15.

His wife Nicky described him as “special, a true gentleman and a great role model to all” and said she was “overwhelmed with grief”.

Dr Rajesh Kalraiya, Queen’s Hospital, Romford

Dr Rajesh Kalraiya

Consultant paediatrician Dr Rajesh Kalraiya lived in York and worked in the NHS for 40 years. 

Dr Kalraiya, 69, was working as a locum in Romford, Essex, when he fell ill and was rushed to the town’s Queen’s hospital and died on Thursday 15 April. 

Throughout his career, he worked in hospitals in Isle of Wight, Poole, Cumbria, Essex and the Midlands.

His cousin, Arun Kalraiya, said: “He has left his legacy wherever he worked and was acknowledged as an extraordinary doctor.

He was highly committed, hardworking, caring and passionate about his job and made a difference to the lives of his patients.”

One of his colleagues Dr Ewa Szynaka, a consultant paediatrician at Isle of Wight hospital, said: “It was a great privilege to have worked with Dr Rajesh Kalraiya I am filled with immense gratitude for his kindness and support to the staff and patients. He was wonderful doctor with a beautiful soul”.

Dr Krishan Arora

Dr Krishan Arora

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GP Krishan Arora was a senior partner at Violet Lane Medical Practice in Croydon, southwest London when he passed away from Covid-19. 

Dr Arora, who was married with children, had been a family doctor for 27 years.

Colleague Dr Agnelo Fernandes said: “We are all greatly saddened by the death of Dr Krishan Arora.

“Krish was extremely well-liked and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Krish’s family, friends and close colleagues at this difficult time. “We will miss him.”

Andrew Treble, Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Andy Treble with his 17-year-old daughter Emily

A dedicated hospital worker who “always put everyone else before himself” has died after contracting coronavirus.

Theatre assistant Andy Treble, 57, worked for the NHS for almost 40 years.

But he tragically died after catching the virus, and died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales, where he had been working.

His daughter Emily, 17, paid tribute to her dad who will be “missed forever.”

She said: “He was such a lovely man, I’m proud to call him my father.

“He’s helped me through so much and he has always been there for me. He always cheered me up by watching Laurel and Hardy together. He was so kind, so loving and he will be missed forever.”

Andy died on the Critical Care Unit on Wednesday after testing positive.

His sister, Maria Molloy, said: “Andy absolutely loved working at the Maelor, his colleagues were his other family.

“He had a very kind nature and always put everyone else before himself. He was always laughing and smiling, he was such a good man.

“We are devastated by his loss but would like to thank the Critical Care team who did their very best for Andy and above all were there for him at the very end. We will be forever grateful to them.”

David Bevan, Theatre Manager at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, said: “The theatre team wish to send sincere condolences to Andy’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

“Andy was a well-loved colleague and friend to us all. His loss has left a hole in his theatre family and he will be sadly missed by everyone.

“Andy was a hardworking, caring and compassionate member of our team with a wonderful sense of humour that touched us all.

“Rest in peace Andy – our colleague and friend”.

In a joint statement, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s Chief Executive Simon Dean and Chairman Mark Polin, said: “We offer our deepest condolences to Andy’s family, friends and colleagues at this terribly sad time.

“Every death from COVID-19 is devastating for loved ones, but when it is a colleague, it is all the more poignant.

“Andy was proud to work for the Health Service and dedicated his career to caring for others. He had worked at the Maelor for almost 40 years and was well-loved by his colleagues, who describe him as hardworking, caring and compassionate.”

Gordon Ballard

Gordon Ballard, from east London, a paramedic for 42 years, died of the virus.

A London ambulance spokesman said: “He will be greatly missed.”

Brian Darlington, Mid Cheshire NHS Trust

Brian Darlington worked at the hospital for 20 years

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In Cheshire, Brian Darlington, a hospital porter for more than 20 years died after contracting the virus.

His wife Ava said: “We were married for 46 years and Brian was a great husband, as well as father and grandfather.

“He was dedicated to the trust, and as a family we are grateful for and appreciative of all of the kind words and messages we have seen and received.”

The trust spokesman said Mr Darlington was fondly remembered by colleagues in hotel services for his sense of humour and positive outlook.

Facilities supervisor Richard Studinski said: “Nothing was ever too much trouble for Brian; he worked hard and was happy to do whatever was needed of him.

“He always walked round the hospital with a smile on his face, passing out sweets to colleagues he’d meet on the corridor.”

Chief executive James Sumner said: “Brian had dedicated over 20 years to the trust during his NHS career and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

“He was without doubt a treasured member of the team at Mid Cheshire.

Lourdes Campbell, Royal Bolton Hospital

A “diligent and compassionate” healthcare assistant, Lourdes Campbell, has died from coronavirus at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

In a statement published on Thursday, chief executive of the trust Fiona Noden said: “It is with deep regret and huge sadness that I share with you the devastating news that we have lost a friend and colleague to the terrible Covid-19 virus.

“Lourdes Campbell, a healthcare assistant, died a short time ago on our critical care unit.

“Lourdes, known as Des to her colleagues, has worked with us for nearly 13 years. She was a well-liked and valued member of the team, known for working extremely hard.

“She was dedicated to patient care and her colleagues respected her quiet, diligent and compassionate approach.

“This is a terrible and poignant reminder of the situation we are facing every day to help others and I want to thank every member our staff for their continued care for our patients and community. Their continued courage and commitment to duty is inspirational and a comfort to us all in these difficult times.”

Amrik Bamotra, King George Hospital

Amrik Bamotra

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Tributes have been paid to radiology support worker Amrik Bamotra after he passed away from Covid-19.  

Mr Bamotra, 63, worked at King George Hospital in Goodmayes for the last four years.

His family said: “Dad was one of those people that if he saw you in the corridor at work he would stop and make sure he had a chat with you. He was always positive about everything he did. 

“He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and loved and cared for all his family and friends. 

“There’s not a time when we can say he wouldn’t go that extra mile to do something for anyone to make sure they were happy! He had always been a hard worker. 

“He had touched so many people’s hearts with his personality which has been shown to us through messages we have received. 

“On that note we would just like to say thank you to all our family and friends for their love and support through this difficult time.”

Julianne Cadby, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board  

 Julianne Cadby

NHS worker Julianne Cadby, 49, has been praised as an “extremely warm and caring” woman after passing away from Covid-19.

She was a business manager for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s specialist child and adolescent mental health services and had worked there for 30 years.

She leaves behind her husband Chris, their son Evan and her brother Ian.

A statement from the health board said: “Julianne was a much-loved member of our team, she was extremely warm and caring and would always make time to help and support her colleagues.

“Her dedication shone through, playing a central role in all that we do in the service and her focus was always on ensuring we are delivering the best service we can for children and young people.

“Her loss will be felt by all the many colleagues she has worked with over the years.

“We will miss her greatly.”

Ade Raymond

Ade Raymond

Mental health nurse Ade Raymond was in the first year of a nursing degree at Middlesex University when he died from coronavirus. 

Also a healthcare assistant at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust in London, Mr Raymond has been praised as a “kind, polite and respectful man” by former colleagues and teachers. 

Jinjer Kandola, chief executive of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, described Mr Raymond as “highly respected” and said he would be “much missed by all”.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the loss of our colleague and friend Ade Raymond due to coronavirus. A much-valued member of the team who was studying for a nursing degree,” she said. 

A spokesperson for Middlesex University offered their “deep condolences” to Mr Raymond’s family and friends and said the news of his death has had a “deep impact” on his fellow students.

Having worked for a number of years with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey as a health care assistant, Mr Raymond joined the university in September 2019 to become a registered mental health nurse.

Herbert Mwebe, a lecturer in mental health at Middlesex University, said Mr Raymond was “such a kind, polite and respectful man”.

Esther Akinsanya, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich

Esther Akinsanya, 55, left 

Mother-of-two Esther Akinsanya, 55, died four days after being rushed to hospital with coronavirus. According to reports, her sister Mary is now on a ventilator in intensive care. 

Ms Akinsanya was praised as a “devoted and diligent” NHS nurse, a role she undertook for more than 20 years.

Her son Samuel, 26, who lived with his mother and aunt in Thamesmead, said: “We are heartbroken. My mother lit up a room when she walked in, it was impossible not to like her.”

April 14

Khalid Jamil, Watford General Hospital

Khalid Jamil

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Mr Jamil, 57, from St Albans, had worked for the West Hertfordshire NHS Trust since 2006.

The healthcare assistant, a father-of-two, came to the UK from Pakistan, where he was a qualified doctor, before joining the hospital trust.

He began his time at the trust at Hemel Hempstead Hospital before moving to Watford, where he worked in Bluebell ward.

His daughter Sumaiyah, 22, told the Watford Observer her father was a “selfless” man who always put his family’s needs before his own, adding he used to always come home and share stories about his day and the patients he cared for.

She said: “Many will describe my dad as always having a smile on his face. His loving and supportive nature extended to all his relatives, friends, colleagues, and patients.

“We cannot put into words the depth of his loss. He really was the heart of our family.

“He was a phenomenal father whom we will miss dearly and we will keep him in our prayers and cherish our memories with him forever.”

Patricia Crowhurst, James Cook University Hospital

Patricia with her husband and their four children 

Care worker and mother-of-four Patricia Crowhurst died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 54-year-old, from Teesville, provided one-on-one support for residents at several care homes across Teesside. 

Her husband Arthur, 60, and her four children Melitza, 27, Ffion, 25, Karriz, 20, and Quillam, 18, had to say goodbye to her over the phone as strict COVID-19 rules prevented them from entering the hospital.

“She cared so deeply for her job and she knew what it could mean and she still went everyday,” Patricia’s eldest daughter Melitza told Teesside Live.  

“She knew the risks going into them and she still carried on going because she wanted to be there for her clients who she looked after. “She knew how scared they were and wanted to comfort them.”

Linnette Cruz, senior head nurse at the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty, Swansea 

Colleagues described how Linnette brought “love, light and joy” to everyone she met

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Tributes have been paid to a dental nurse who died after testing positive for Covid-19, with colleagues describing how she brought “love, light and joy” to everyone she met.

Linnette Cruz, 51, died on April 14 after being treated for coronavirus in the intensive care unit at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Mrs Cruz was senior head nurse at the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty, Swansea.

Practice owner Nik Patel said her friends and colleagues were devastated by her death.

“She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her and will be sadly missed by all,” he said.

Mrs Cruz leaves husband Jeonardy, son Jeonard, sister Rose and her parents.

She trained in the Philippines and came to Swansea several years ago, qualifying as a dental surgery assistant whilst working for Kee Dental Care and Parkway Clinic and joined Brynteg as an extended duty dental nurse before rising to senior head nurse.

Karl Bishop, dental director for the Swansea Bay University Health Board, added: “Linnette’s death is deeply upsetting to her family, friends and colleagues and all our thoughts are with them.

“She was a highly committed and caring dental nurse, respected by her colleagues, patients and the communities in which she worked.

“Any death to Covid-19 is a very sad event, and where it affects a healthcare professional it is particularly upsetting.

“The health board will provide all necessary support to the practice and staff during this difficult time.”

April 13

Steven Pearson, St George’s Hospital Morpeth 

Mental health nurse Steven Pearson

Mental health nurse Steven Pearson passed away from Covid-19 just days after he started to show symptoms. 

His wife Anne, 50, said her husband started to feel unwell and tested positive for coronavirus on Easter Sunday. 

“When he got the result he said he wasn’t surprised and said ‘it is what it is’. He never got upset and he self isolated upstairs. I stayed downstairs and slept on the sofa. On the Monday morning I went to the bedroom to see if he wanted a drink and he had gone, he had passed away. His deterioration was that quick,” Mrs Pearson told the Chronicle newspaper. 

“We had been together since we were 16, he was my husband and best friend. We had so much planned together and I feel as though I have been robbed of a husband and our future. Me and the girls were his world.”

Mr Pearson, 51, who has daughters Rebecca, 26, and Bethany, 20, was a mental health staff nurse working on the front line for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust in the North of Tyne street triage team.

Mrs Pearson added: “Steven was my life, he loved me and the girls. It was the first thing Bethany said that her dad would never be able to walk her down the aisle or see his grandchildren. Not as though she is at that stage yet but he will not be there for those special occasions.”

Dr Peter Tun, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Family photo of consultant Dr Peter Tun, who died after contracting coronavirus. He has been remembered as a “superhero dad” by his children.

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A consultant who died after contracting coronavirus has been remembered as a “superhero dad” by his children.

Father-of-two Dr Peter Tun worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for more than 21 years.

The 62-year-old died in the intensive care unit at the hospital in Reading on Monday.

“Our family is immensely proud of our superhero dad,” his sons said in a statement.

“He used to say ‘Treat all your patients like they are your own family’, and this speaks to the type of character that he had. To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day.”

Steve McManus, chief executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The passing of Peter has sent a wave of grief throughout the entire organisation.

“Tributes have been pouring in from staff who have worked with Peter over the years and he will be sorely missed.”

Melujean Ballesteros, St Mary’s Hospital, London

A photo supplied by her family

A Filipino nurse has died after contracting Covid-19 in London.

Melujean Ballesteros, 60, who is originally from the Philippines, died at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on Sunday, just two days after being admitted.

Her son, Rainier, 37, said: “My mum is a dedicated and very caring nurse.

“She started her career in the UK in 2003, she loved her work as a nurse.”

Rainier, who lives in Calauag in the Philippines, said Mrs Ballesteros had a fever and cough in mid-March and self-isolated for nine days.

But on Friday Rainier said the family convinced her to visit the hospital due to her worsening condition, and so she was picked up by ambulance and was admitted. She died two days later.

Mrs Ballesteros is survived by her two sons, Rainier and Bryan, 38, who also lives in the Philippines, and husband Luis, 64, who lives in the UK.

Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, Leeds General Infirmary

Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, an agency nurse at Harrogate District Hospital

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Nurse Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary last Tuesday after falling ill and passed away in hospital on Bank Holiday Monday.

Ms Ekoli, 55, was a mother-of-five who worked as an agency nurse at Harrogate District Hospital.

In a tribute, her daughter Naomie said: “It meant everything to be a nurse, she’s been doing it for as long as I remember – more than 30 years.”

Jill Foster, chief nurse at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust said: “Ms Ekoli, known as Josie, was a much-valued member of staff. Josie will be sadly missed by all her friends and colleagues at Harrogate District Hospital and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”

Amarante Dias, Weston General Hospital

Amarante Dias, who worked at the Weston General Hospital in north Somerset, was described as a “valued and much-loved colleague” who will be “greatly missed”.

Dr William Oldfield, medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are deeply saddened at losing Amarante Dias who was such a valued and much-loved colleague.

“On behalf of everyone at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to his family.

“Amarante will be greatly missed and we are ensuring that staff have access to support to help them at this difficult time.”

The Weston Super Mare Association of Malayalees also paid tribute, writing on Facebook: “Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family, (Amarante Dias) will deeply be missed.”

April 12

Barbara Sage, Marie Curie nurse, Bromley

The family of Barbara Sage could not be with her when she died

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Barbara Sage, 68, became the first Marie Curie worker to die from coronavirus, after she passed away on Sunday.

As a Marie Curie nurse, the mother-of-two had held the hands of dying patients for 14 years, but her own family were denied the chance to hold hers in her final moments.  

She was employed as a senior healthcare assistant in Bromley, south-east London.

Her daughter, Donna, said: “Mum always said her job wasn’t about the getting paid, it was about being there for people when they need it.

“‘It was about being caring and kind and giving people your time.”

Matthew Reed, chief executive of Marie Curie said: “Barbara’s death is a devastating loss for the whole Marie Curie team, and I know everyone who worked with Barbara over the last 14 years can attest to her professionalism and commitment.

“I know she will be very greatly missed.”

Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, Grennell Lodge Nursing Home

Nurse Rahima Bibi Sidhanee

The care home nurse who died after contracting Covid-19 has been described as a “wonderful human being” by her colleagues.

Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, who had worked at Grennell Lodge Nursing Home for over 30 years, was admitted to hospital a week ago and died on Sunday.

In a tribute the director of Care Unlimited, which operates the care home in Sutton, south London, raised concerns about a lack of testing for staff in the social care sector.

Danny Shamtally said there was an “urgent need” for testing of care home staff as he remembered Ms Sidhanee as a friend who was dedicated to her profession.

He said in a statement on Tuesday: “Our family recollection of her is of a person of extreme kindness, selflessness and impeccable loyalty and integrity.

“Rahima loved nursing and the people she cared for, their happiness was of great importance to her and she would go above and beyond in her delivery of care.”

Ms Sidhanee trained at Edgware General Hospital in the 1970s, and was a registered nurse and midwife with nearly 50 years’ experience.

She was also a “very good cook” who made Caribbean and Indian food for residents at the home – in her own time and at her own expense, according to Mr Shamtally.

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28, passed away on Easter Sunday after undergoing an emergency caesarean to deliver her baby daughter at Luton and Dunstable hospital.

The girl has been named after her mother, according to an online fundraising page set up by friends – which raised £100,000 in the first 48 hours. 

Colleagues of the woman said she was “a fabulous nurse, and a great example of what we stand for”.

According to reports, CEO of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation David Carter sent an internal email to staff saying Ms Agyapong was a “wonderful young woman who made a huge contribution” and that the survival of her baby daughter was a “beacon of light at this very dark time”.

Kevin Smith, Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Kevin Smith

Mr Smith, a plaster technician, worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for more than 35 years.

He died following a “brief, but courageous, battle with Covid-19,” the NHS trust said, adding that he was “renowned for his warm personality, diligence and compassion.”

Mr Smith’s daughter, Ellie Whitley, wrote on Facebook: “It’s so overwhelming to see so many amazing comments for such an incredible person who loved his job and everyone he worked with for many years.

“Thank you everyone. we will all miss him greatly but never forget him, ever!”

Maureen Ellington, Southmead Hospital

Healthcare assistant Maureen Ellington

Healthcare assistant and mother-of-five Maureen Ellington died in the early hours of Easter Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus.

Colleagues at Southmead Hospital described her as a “kind-hearted, compassionate and caring” person while her family said “she would light up any room she entered.”

Mrs Ellington, who was in her early 60s, had worked for the NHS for over 25 years. 

In a statement her family said: “We are heartbroken to lose the pillar of our family at this time. She was simply amazing. She loved her husband, five children, six grandchildren, wider family, friends and colleagues.

“She was kind hearted, bubbly, caring and always joyous. She would light up any room she entered. She will always be in our hearts.”

Cheryl Williams, North Middlesex University Hospital

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust of housekeeper Cheryl Williams, who died after contracting Covid-19

Credit: Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust/PA

A housekeeper who died after contracting Covid-19 has been remembered as a “much-loved colleague” by her hospital.

Cheryl Williams, who worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward at North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton, north London, died on Sunday.

Sharing a picture of Ms Williams on Facebook, the NHS trust said her contribution to patient care at the hospital was “irreplaceable”.

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said: “With greatest sadness, we can confirm the death of our much-loved colleague Cheryl Williams.

“As a ward housekeeper on one of our care of the elderly wards, Cheryl was a lynchpin of the care, comfort, and compassion that our patients and local people value so highly, and her personal contribution to patient care is irreplaceable.

“Her family, friends and colleagues at North Middlesex University Hospital will miss her more than words can describe.”

In a tribute on Twitter, colleague Omodele Olowokere said the death of Ms Williams had “left a vacuum” on the ward.

“It is with great sadness and heavy heart to share the news that our colleague Cheryl passed away last night,” she said.

“The entire Charles Coward team are devastated about the loss. You have left a vacuum for us.

“Our heartfelt condolences to your family and friends.”

April 11

Gareth Roberts, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil

Gareth Roberts

Mr Roberts, 63, worked as a nurse for the Cardiff and Vale Health Board since the 1980s and came out of retirement in January 2015.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “Gareth was well known by everyone and was extremely popular, fun-filled and well-liked person, always greeting everyone with, ‘Hello Cariad’ when he saw them.

“He had a lovely way with relatives and always offered the caring personal side, he was very much an ‘old school’ nurse.”

Mr Roberts is survived by his wife, son and grandson.

Oscar King Jr, Oxford

Mr King Jr, 45, worked as a porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for more than a decade.

Married to a nurse, he was said to have always undertaken his work “with great enthusiasm and joy”.

According to his former university, he graduated from the Central Philippine University (CPU) in 1996 with a Science in civil engineering degree. 

April 10

Leilani Medel, Bridgend

Leilani Medel

The family of Filipino NHS nurse Leilani Medel paid tribute to the 41-year-old mother of one after she passed away from coronavirus. 

Mrs Medel, who worked in a hospital in Bridgend, south Wales after having immigrated from the Philippines, died on Good Friday. 

Her husband, Johnny Medel, is also in a critical condition in hospital with the virus, Ms Medel’s family said. 

Speaking from the Philippines, her aunt Shiela Acheta told The Telegraph: “We are very sad by the news. We cannot see [Leilani] because we are here in the Philippines. 

“Her husband is also very sick. He is in critical condition in hospital. Her daughter has no other family there.”

Mrs Medel’s family told the Telegraph that the couple’s young teenage daughter is being looked after in a foster home.

“We are happy that someone is taking good care of her in the UK,” Ms Acheta said. “But whatever happens [she] has a family here in the Philippines who can take good care of her. Her uncle and grandfather are still here in the Philippines if ever she wants to come home. I am not sure if her father will recover.”

Amor Gatinao, London

Amor Gatinao

Ms Gatiano, 50, moved to the UK in 2002 and worked at St Charles Hospital, west London.

The mother-of-three was remembered as “a warrior”

Julie Omar, Redditch

Julie Omar

Mrs Omar, 52, a trauma and orthopaedics nurse at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital, Worcestershire, died at home while self-isolating with symptoms.

Married to husband Laith, the mother-of-one was described as a “dedicated and highly experienced” nurse.

In a letter sent to staff, NHS trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins said: “I know that this news will have a profound impact on many of you, not least because it brings the tragic consequences of this outbreak even closer to home than it already was.” 

Elbert Rico, John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford

Elbert Rico, pictured right

Elbert Rico had worked as a porter at the John Radcliffe since moving to the UK from the Philippines in 2004.

Married to a nurse, he was known by friends and colleagues as Rico, and was described as a  “popular and hard-working” member of the team.

His daughter, Carla, set up a GoFundMe page for his funeral which raised £12,000 in a day.

On it, she paid tribute to a “loving husband, father and friend” adding: “He was always hard working and would prioritise other’s needs first.

“He would walk around the hospital with a smile on his face and very rarely would he call in sick from work.”

Sara Trollope, Watford General Hospital

Sara Trollope, 51, dedicated her entire 33-year career to the NHS and was just months from retirement when she died from coronavirus.

Last year, Ms Trollope – who cared for older adults with mental health conditions including dementia – met Boris Johnson when he visited her hospital in his Hillingdon, West London constituency.

Mr Johnson posted the snap on his personal website last April, writing: “It was really inspiring to meet with these committed teams who do such fantastic work providing a safe and therapeutic supportive environment for those that need it.

“Care and compassion really matter and it was fantastic to hear…about the work that goes on to support residents of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.”

Ms Trollope’s devastated friend Tracy Woods claimed she kept working despite a lack of PPE.

“Sara cared very much about her patients and staff and completely loved her job. Sadly it was this job that cost her life,” she said. “She had to work with insufficient PPE and contracted Covid-19. She fought this bravely for seven days until it became too much for her and she passed peacefully.”

Donna Campbell, University Hospital of Wales

Colleagues of Donna Campbell, an NHS healthcare worker, have paid tribute to a “beautiful, kind-hearted” woman, who contracted coronavirus after caring for infected patients.

Ms Campbell, a mother to two young daughters, worked at the Velindre Hospital in Cardiff and was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales last week before she passed away on Good Friday.

A spokesman for the centre said: “It is with incredible sadness, that we are letting you know that on Friday, April 10, Donna Campbell, one of our Velindre Cancer Centre Healthcare support workers, passed away after being tested positive for Covid-19.

“Donna has worked at the cancer centre for many years, initially as a volunteer.

“All the staff at Velindre, and particularly her team on First Floor Ward, are completely heartbroken that their beautiful, kind-hearted friend and colleague has died.”

Paying tribute to their colleague, staff on the ward said: “She was without doubt a treasured member of our work family who could light up a room with her infectious laugh and bubbly personality, but at the same time she had the most wonderful ability to comfort and care for people.”

“She was often found singing and dancing, entertaining patients and staff, making everyone smile.

“Donna will always have a special place in our hearts and we will all want to send our heartfelt sympathy and love to her family at this very difficult time.”

April 9

Abdul Gellaledin, Kingston Hospital

Abdul Gellaledin 

A “selfless” father-of-three who “went above and beyond for everyone” has died after contracting coronavirus from one of the patients he ferried to and from hospital without personal protective equipment.

Mr Gellaledin, 53, an ambulance care assistant, developed symptoms at the same time as his crewmate but his condition soon deteriorated and he died after 11 days on a ventilator at Kingston Hospital.

Mr Gellaledin’s nephew, Ahmed Aburunnat, said: “Abdul was a very kind-hearted, warm, respectful, selfless gentleman who went above and beyond for everyone he encountered. 

“He has left a vacuum of love and mercy that we so need today. Alas he was sent to his death unequipped.”

Mr Gellaledin moved to the UK from Sudan 30 years ago and worked for Falck patient transport service, ferrying patients between their homes and care homes to Kingston Hospital. Mark Raisbeck, chief executive of Falck, said he was “the life and soul of the service.”

Joanna Klenczon, Northampton

Joanna Klenczon

The 34-year-old worked as a domestic supervisor at Northampton general hospital, managing cleaning teams for ten years.

She died on April 9.  In a statement, the hospital said she had “received the best care we could provide”.

It added: “Her colleagues remember her as someone who was courteous, polite, a good organiser and team member who set high standards, and was prepared to go the extra mile.

“Our thoughts are with Joanna’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.”

Liz Shale, Bradford

 Liz Shale

Ms Shale, 61, an NHS admin worker, worked for the NHS for 20 years and spent the last decade working in palliative care in Bradford.

Her eldest son, Jason Shale, 34, told the Sun: “When all this started she wanted to continue going into work.

“She was one of those bubbly people who liked to motivate everyone. She just continued trying to do that until she became ill.

“She was initially told she had flu but she was eventually taken into hospital.”

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, Queen’s Hospital, Romford

Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury with his family

Dr Chowdhury, 53,  was a senior consultant at Homerton Hospital and had warned the Government about the chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) just three weeks before his death. 

On 18 March, the urologist wrote to Boris Johnson, asking him to “urgently” ensure PPE for “each and every NHS worker in the UK”.

He told the prime minister that healthcare workers “are in direct contact with patients” and have a “human right like others to live in this world disease-free with our family and children”.

Dr Chowdhury had recently celebrated his wedding 25th anniversary.

The Muslim Doctors Association said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, consultant urologist at Homerton Hospital, after fighting for his life from COVID-19.

“He leaves behind his wife and two children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

April 8

Edmond Adedeji, Great Western Hospital, Swindon

Dr Adedeji, 62, was a “respected and well-liked” doctor who died “doing a job he loved,” his family said.

The father-of-three had worked as a locum registrar in the Emergency Department of the Great Western Hospital since last August. 

In a statement, his family said: “We as a family are grateful to God for the life of Dr Edmond Adefolu Adedeji.

“He died doing a job he loved, serving others before himself.

“We would like to thank the staff and his colleagues for looking after him during his final days. He leaves behind a wife, three children and three grandchildren.”

Kevin McNamara, chief executive of the local NHS trust, said Dr Adedeji was “a respected and well-liked member of the team”.

“On behalf of the whole Trust, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Edmond’s family,” he said.

Fayez Ayache, Ipswich Hospital

Dr Fayez Ayache

Dr Ayache, 76, was a dedicated GP who worked for the NHS in Suffolk for more than 40 years and “felt it was his duty to help” people, his daughter said.

The father-of-two, who also ran an ear, nose and throat clinic at Ipswich Hospital, retired around two years ago but was soon back working “a couple of days a week” as a GP with North Clacton Medical Group.

Layla Ayache, 35, said: “My dad was very, very commonly phoned and people would say ‘my daughter’s ill’ or ‘my son’s ill’ or ‘my husband’s ill.

“He would often pop round and just check people were OK. “He was a rural village GP at heart and that’s the sort of thing that he would do.

“I wholeheartedly believe that if someone had called him with a concern he would have gone over and checked they were OK, because that’s what he wanted to do for everybody.

“His entire life was split between his family and his work. That was all he lived for really, was those two things.

“He was the most dedicated GP that I’ve ever met.”

She said her father, who helped raise funds for refugee charities in his native Syria, had expressed concern for people’s safety during the pandemic.

“All he ever said was that he was concerned for everyone’s safety and that he wanted to help,” Ms Ayache added. “He felt it was his duty to help.”

April 7

Donald Suelto, London

Donald Suelto

Mr Suelto, 51, who worked on a chemotherapy ward at Hammersmith Hospital, died at his home in London on after going into self-isolation.

His niece, Emelyne Suelto Robertson, told Nursing Times she hoped her uncle’s death would remind people to stay home “because this is the reality of frontline nurses”.

Ms Suelto Robinson, who works as a nurse in Scotland, said her uncle worked as a nurse in the Philippines before moving to the UK for a job with the NHS 18 years ago.

Dean McKee

Dean McKee

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Twenty-eight-year-old Dean Mckee, from London, worked as a carer for the elderly before he fell ill with symptoms of the virus.

He was rushed to hospital late in the evening but died in the early hours of the morning the following day.

His family have said that they are ‘truly heartbroken'”and described him as the “kindest, sweetest man”. 

His football team, Queens Park Rangers, paid tribute to him on their website, promising to pay his poem ‘Born White and Blue’ before every home game.

Mr McKee is believe to be the youngest care worker to have fallen victim to the deadly bug. 

Elsie Sazuze, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield

Elsie Sazuze

Mrs Sazuze worked as a nurse for Wolverhampton-based agency Totallycare.

Her husband Ken, who is training to be a nurse, said she told him before she was put on a ventilator to be “strong and to stay strong for the kids”.

Mr Sazuze told the BBC he believed his wife of 24 years would “pull through”.

Mrs Sazuze trained and worked at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Her husband said she understood the risks of working on the front line but was happy to help people.

Leilani Dayrit, St Cross Hospital

The daughter of Leilani Dayrit has praised her “selfless” mother who died from coronavirus last week. 

The 47-year-old nurse, who was based at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, had been self-isolating at home for seven days before she died.

Mary Dayrit, 19, said her mother had stopped breathing and paramedics were unable to revive her.

She said: “My mum was selfless until the very end,” adding she “put other people’s wellbeing before her own”.

“Me and dad tried to revive her as she’d stopped breathing and paramedics tried their best but couldn’t,” she said.

More than £8,000 has been donated on a GoFundMe page to help Mrs Dayrit’s family in the wake of her death.

Alice Kit Tak Ong, the Royal Free Hospital

Credit: Melissa Ong/PA

The daughter of an NHS nurse who died after testing positive for coronavirus has called for the public to value the health service like her mother did.

Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70, arrived in London from Hong Kong in the 1970s and worked for the health service for 44 years, up until the day she fell ill two weeks ago. She passed away from coronavirus on Tuesday.

Her daughter, Melissa Ong, described her mother as a “wonderful woman” who was “generous to everyone else before herself”.

“She loved her job… that was her life… she loved the NHS.”

“My mother came here from Hong Kong to work for the NHS because she believed it was the best in the world.

“It’s only now people are kind of realising the strength of the NHS… You see people clapping on the streets, but it shouldn’t take something like this to bring the nation together to be thankful.

“We should value healthcare workers in good times and bad times.”

April 6

Barbara Moore, Liverpool

 Barbara Moore

Ms Moore, a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital on Merseyside, was described as an “unsung hero” who “dedicated her life to caring for others”.

The 54-year-old grandmother “doted on her two beautiful children and grandchildren,” her family said in a statement. 

“She loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family,” they said.

Janice Graham, Inverclyde Royal Hospital

Nurse Janice Graham, who was the first NHS worker to die from coronavirus in Scotland, has been praised for her “kindness and compassion” by colleagues.

Ms Graham, 58, a health care support worker and district nurse, died at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on Monday 6 April.

Her son Craig said he will “miss everything about her”.

“My mum was there for me no matter what.

“I am so proud of her and there will not be a day that goes by that I will not think about her,” he told STV News.

Louise Long, chief officer of Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We are saddened to confirm a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19. Our thoughts are with Janice’s loved ones at this difficult time.

“Janice was a valued team member in our District Nursing and Evening Services team and brought kindness and compassion to patients and colleagues.

“Her bright and engaging personality and razor sharp wit will be sorely missed.”

Dr Syed Zishan Haider, Barking and Dagenham

Credit: The Haider Family

The family of Dr Syed Zishan Haider, 79, paid tribute to their “selfless and compassionate” father after he passed away from coronavirus on April 6.

Dr Haider was a practicing GP in Barking and Dagenham, where he was a senior partner at Valence Medical Centre. Prior to that, he worked as a senior homeopathic physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine for over 30 years.

Dr Haider’s family told the Telegraph: “His dedication to help people everywhere, be it professionally or personally, was unwavering. We are truly astounded as to how many people have reached out to share a story of his kindness, and continue to receive touching tributes from colleagues, patients, friends and family alike. 

“He was a loving, cheerful and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. We are left with a void that can never be filled.

“We would like to pay tribute to all the NHS staff who treated him, and those risking their health in all areas of front line services.”

Olabode Francis Ajanlekoko

Mental health practitioner Olabode Francis Ajanlekoko, 53, was described as a “hard working, dedicated, diligent, compassionate” man after his death from coronavirus. 

A fundraising page set up by his friends after his death said he was a “family man” to his wife and three children.

Jitendra Rathod, University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff

Jitendra Rathod, a leading heart surgeon, has died

An “incredibly dedicated” heart surgeon has died after testing positive for Covid-19.

Jitendra Rathod, 58, was an associate specialist in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

He died in the hospital’s general intensive care unit early on Monday morning, health officials confirmed.

A statement posted on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board website paid tribute to Mr Rathod.

It said the father-of-two had worked in the Department of Cardio-Thoracic surgery since the mid-1990s.

After a brief stint abroad, Mr Rathod – known as Jitu to colleagues and friends – returned to the University Hospital of Wales.

“He was an incredibly dedicated surgeon who cared deeply for his patients,” the health board said. “He was well-liked and greatly respected by one and all. He was a very compassionate and a wonderful human being.

“His commitment to the speciality was exemplary. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

“We will miss him greatly.”

April 5

Rebecca Mack, Newcastle

Rebecca Mack from Morpeth in Northumberland passed away at home on Sunday and her family said she had no underlying health problems.

Ms Mack recently started working for NHS 111, but was previously a children’s cancer nurse and parents of those she once cared for paid tribute to the 29-year-old. 

Aman Sengal, whose daughter was cared for by Ms Mack in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, said she was a “selfless person”.

“A life taken far too soon and that of a selfless person dedicated to others. RIP Becca,” he wrote on social media.  

Another parent, Ashley Oakly, said Ms Mack cared for her son in “his darkest days undergoing cancer treatment”. 

“She still entered the room with a huge smile and a huge heart, truly dedicated to her job and a credit to the unit.”

Writing in a tribute on Facebook, Ms Mack’s best friend said Sarah Bredkin-Kemp: “She was the most accident-prone, stubborn, chatterbox with a bizarre catchphrase and inappropriate joke for every occasion. Her iconic love of leopard print and statement earrings was rivaled only by Pat Butcher herself.

“She worked hard and made her family proud every single day. She was so proud of her work and so happy to have such amazing work friends. She would spend hours on the phone if you needed a rant and always had a bottle of wine in the fridge for the girls. She knew exactly how to make you laugh. She was fiercely independent and I have no doubt she would have kept achieving.

“Please stay as safe as you possibly can and please make sure your friends know how much you love them. This nightmare isn’t over yet and it really shows that being low risk doesn’t mean you’re safe.”

Ms Mack is one of the youngest healthcare workers in the UK to die after contracting Covid-19.

Emily Perugia

Twenty-nine-year-old NHS care worker Emily Perugia, who helped organised vital care packages for people in her community, died from coronavirus in early April.

Ms Perugia, who had been self isolating after coming down with coronavirus symptoms, was a member of the Care Connection Team in Northwood for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. 

She was described as a “devoted professional” .

April 4

Anton Sebastianpillai, Kingston Hospital

Anton Sebastianpillai, consultant geriatrician

Dr Sebastianpillai died four days after being admitted to the south west London hospital where he had worked.

The consultant geriatrician, who qualified as a doctor in Sri Lanka in 1967, finished his last shift on March 20.

A spokeswoman for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of a consultant geriatrician who was part of the team at Kingston Hospital.

“Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday having been cared for in the hospital’s intensive care unit since March 31.

“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family.”

Dr Sebastianpillai trained at the Peradeniya Medical School in Sri Lanka and qualified in 1967.

In an obituary notice, he was referred to as a “distinguished alumnus”.

John Alagos, Watford

John Alagos

Mr Alagos, 23, is the youngest nurse known to have succumbed to coronavirus.

He collapsed and died at home after an exhausting 12-hour shift treating Covid-19 patients at Watford General Hospital.

His mother, Gina Gustilo, 50, claimed he had fallen ill at work but was not allowed to go home because his ward was so short-staffed.

She also said her son had not been wearing the right protective clothing at work. 

Mr Alagos returned home from a night shift on April 3, saying he had been suffering with a headache and high temperature throughout the night.

Mrs Gustilo told the Mail on Sunday: “I asked ‘Why didn’t you come home?’ He said he had asked other staff but they said they were short of staff and they did not let him go.  “I said, ‘OK, take some paracetamol.’ After a few minutes, I found him turning blue in his bed.”

Watford General Hospital said in a statement: “Our staff are fully briefed on the symptoms of Covid-19 and we would never expect anyone to remain at work if they were showing these symptoms or indeed were unwell in any way.

“We have always kept our staff updated on the latest PPE guidance to make sure they have the right level of protection.” A spokeswoman added: “John was very popular and will be missed greatly.”

Glen Corbin, Brent, north west London

Colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Corbin, a healthcare worker who came out of retirement to help with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Corbin worked at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health for many years, joining shortly after it opened in 1995.

Although he had retired, he had recently returned to work in both acute and rehabilitation services.

Claire Murdoch, head of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, described Mr Corbin as part of the “backbone” of the team.

“He was the ‘go to’ person who knew everything about the ward and how to get things done,” she said.

“Glen was a much-loved colleague and will be sorely missed. “Our condolences to his family, friends and loved ones at this sad and difficult time.”

April 3

Liz Glanister, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

NHS nurse Liz Glanister (centre) was a “long-serving” nurse at a hospital in Liverpool has died after testing positive for Covid-19

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Grandmother Ms Glanister, a nurse at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Dianne Brown, chief nurse at the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, confirmed her death “with great sadness.”

She added: “All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences. Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her.”

Areema Nasreen, Walsall Manor Hospital

Mrs Nasreem, a 36-year-old staff nurse died in the hospital where she had worked for 16 years.

The mother-of-three, who had no underlying health issues, developed coronavirus symptoms on March 13, whilst on annual leave.

She was thought to have rallied but relapsed and died shortly after midnight at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands.

Her best friend Rubi Aktar wrote on Facebook: “My heart is broken. She fought and fought but Allah decided to take her.  “She was the most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet, she went above and beyond for everyone she met. 

“I can’t believe I will not see your smile again. With your support, motivation and inspiration I am the nurse that I am today and I hope I can do you proud Areema. 

“You had so much to live for, I am sorry you didn’t get to see your kids grow up and I’m sorry that you didn’t get to complete your career.” 

Her sister, Kazeema, said the family was “heartbroken” but praised the hospital staff who had gone “above and beyond”, according to BirminghamLive.

Mrs Nasreem qualified as a staff nurse in January last year and had been working on the hospital’s Acute Medical Unit.

She had revealed she hoped to encourage more people from Muslim backgrounds into nursing, saying: “I would like to think that I can inspire others. I cry every morning because I am so happy that I have finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse.

“I would like to think that I could inspire others; particularly within Muslim communities.”

Catherine Sweeney, Royal Alexandra Hospital 

Care worker Catherine Sweeney who died after contracting Covid-19

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Care worker Catherine Sweeney has been praised as a “wonderful mother, sister, and beloved aunty” by her family after she died from coronavirus on April 3. 

They said Ms Sweeney, from West Dunbartonshire in Scotland, was devoted to serving the most vulnerable.

She died in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

In a statement her family thanked the doctors and nurses at the RAH who “heroically looked after her in her final days”. 

The statement continued: “She was a caring and generous person, especially when it came to her time, having dedicated over 20 years of her life as a home carer to unfailing serving the needs of the most vulnerable in society.

“After a lifetime of service to the community, we know she will be sorely missed, not just by her loving family, but by many others for her incredible warmth, care, and dedication. 

“A whole community shares in our grief.”

Elvira Bucu

Elvira Bucu

The family of Elvira Bucu mourned the loss of their “beautiful wife and most loving mother” after she passed away from coronavirus. 

The NHS care worker had just celebrated her 50th birthday and friends described her death as “sudden and unexpected”.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Mrs Bacu moved over to the UK with her husband “to seek a better life”. 

“On Friday 3rd April, we lost the most beautiful wife, the most loving mother, the most caring daughter and the most wonderful friend to covid-19,” they wrote on an online fundraising page for Mrs Bucu’s husband and three daughters. 

“To those of you who were fortunate enough to meet Elvira Bucu, she had the most beautiful soul. Her smile would lighten up any room, she brought joy to those around her and always put her family, friends and most importantly God first. 

“Elvie’s death was sudden, unexpected and we are all still in shock. She only just turned 50 and she still had her whole life ahead of her. She was still yet to see her daughter get married, she was still yet to live the life she planned and worked so hard for.”

April 2

Prof Mohamed Sami Shousha, London

Prof Mohamed Sami Shousha

Prof Shousha, 79, a father-of-two, died in London after contracting the virus around two weeks earlier.

“He was very keen on going to work on his final days despite the health hazards,”  his nephew Abdelrahman Shousha told Middle Eastern Eye. 

“However, most likely, his work did not involve direct contact with Covid-19 patients.”

Prof Shousha had been working at Charing Cross Hospital since 1978, where he managed the breast histopathology service, which concerns changes in tissues caused by disease.

He was also an honorary professor of histopathology at Imperial College and worked at UK cancer research laboratories at London’s Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals.

Lynsay Coventry, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Ms Coventry, 54, was the first serving midwife in England to be killed by the virus.

She had worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Harlow, Essex, for ten years and was described by colleagues as a “proud” midwife who was “very well respected.”

Ms Coventry’s family said: “Our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.

“Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories.

“What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life.

“It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family. She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world.”

Lance McCarthy, chief executive of the PAH NHS Trust, said Ms Coventry would be remembered for “her professionalism and commitment to the women she supported.”

A photograph of colleagues on the maternity unit, lined up with their heads bowed in tribute, was posted on Facebook as friends described her as a “much loved” member of the team and a “true superhero.”

Aimee O’Rourke, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate

Aimee O’Rourke

Mother-of-three Ms Rourke was described as an “angel” who would “wear her NHS crown forever” after losing her life to coronavirus.

The 39-year-old nurse died where she worked, at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent.

Her daughter, Megan Murphy, described her as an “angel”.

Ms Rourke joined the QEQM’s Acute Medical Unit as a newly qualified nurse in 2017.

Ward manager Julie Gammon said the whole team was devastated by her death.  

 “She was such a kind and caring nurse, and she had a really special relationship with her patients and colleagues,” she said.

“Nursing was something she had always wanted to do, although she came to it relatively late after raising her girls.  

“She took some time out to care for her mum after she was diagnosed with cancer and she was determined to return and to make her mum proud.”

When Ms Rourke first arrived at the hospital with Covid-19 symptoms, she asked for  her boss.

Ms Gammon added: “It was an honour to be able to be with her and to provide some comfort and I am so glad that I was able to do so.”   

Ms Rourke’s daApril 1ughter, Megan Murphy, wrote on Facebook: “Look at all the lives you looked after and all the families you comforted when patients passed away.

“You are an angel and you will wear your NHS crown forevermore.

“I could go on all day long and have so many things to say but I have to be strong!! Night night mummy.”

April 1

Carol Jamabo, Salford Royal Hospital

Carol Jamabo (centre), with her sons Tonye Selema (left) and Abiye Selema

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Family members of care worker Carol Jamabo who died from suspected coronavirus paid tribute to an “amazing aunt”.

Mother-of-two, Ms Jamabo, 56, is believed to be the first care worker to be identified publicly after succumbing with the virus.

She worked as a carer in the community for Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester but fell ill around a week before her death last Wednesday, her family said.

A devout Christian, Ms Jamabo served the public as a key worker for over 25 years, after moving to the UK from Nigeria in the early 1990s.

She previously worked in both the prison service and as an NHS administrator at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Most recently, she worked as a carer in the community after moving from the south east to Bury, Greater Manchester, to be closer to her two children, Tonye Selema, 25, and Abiye Selema, 22, a student at Leeds University.

Her nephew, Dakuro Fiberesima, said: “She was such a popular person, there would have been people there to fight her corner so to speak.

“The youngest son is in a terrible position. He was extremely close to her. He was living with her.

“She was just an amazing aunt.”

Tony Reuben Eriamiatoe, Royal Oldham Hospital

Mental health nurse Tony Reuben Eriamiatoe has been described by his colleagues as gentle, compassionate and professional.

The father-of-three had no underlying health conditions and was treated for the virus at Salford Royal Hospital.

March 31

Dr Eric Labeja Acellam, King’s College Hospital

Dr Eric Labeja-Acellam

Dr Eric Labeja-Acellam lost his fight against Covid-19 on March 31 at King’s College Hospital.

His wife Jennifer Lawala, a well-known musician in her native Uganda, and their son Oscar, have also reportedly contracted Covid-19.

On Monday, Ms Lawala told a Ugandan radio show that she was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but was stable, while her son is battling the same disease. 

Dr Labeja-Acellam was a consultant at University Hospital Lewisham in south-east London and was originally from Uganda.

Dr Alfa Sa’adu, Whittington Hospital

Nigerian-born Dr Alfa Saadu retired following a glittering 40-year medical career in 2017, but carried on working part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Dr Saadu, 68, became the fourth medic to die from coronavirus in the UK, two weeks after contracting it. 

Dr Saadu’s family – a wife and two sons – said he was so determined to treat patients after he retired that he carried on working part time. 

“My dad was a living legend,” his son Dani said. “Up until he got sick, he was still working part-time saving people.

“He was a very passionate man, who cared about saving people. As soon as you spoke to him about medicine his face would light up.”

Dr Saadu, originally from Nigeria, worked for the NHS for 40 years in hospitals across London, stepping down as medical director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in 2016. 

March 29

Thomas Harvey, Upper Clapton

Thomas Harvey, left, died after contracting coronavirus. His family believe he would still be alive today if he had been given proper protective equipment

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Mr Harvey, a mental health nurse at Goodmayes Hospital in north east London, passed away on Sunday 29th March after contracting Covid-19 from a hospital patient.

His daughter, Tamira Harvey, said her father was “let down” by the government, who she blames for his death, due to the lack of protective equipment he was given while treating patients.

“My dad was definitely let down. I don’t feel that they [NHS staff] are safe at the moment, I don’t think that they would think that they’re safe,” she told ITV News.

“The Government could have prevented this. If they invested some money into protective equipment for nurses, because they are really on the frontline and putting their lives at risk every day.”

Mr Harvey was a father of seven and worked as a nurse in the NHS for 20 years.

March 28

Amged El-Hawrani, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester

Dr Amged El-Hawrani

Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, an ear, nose and throat specialist, worked at Queen’s Hospital, Burton, and was the third medic to die of coronavirus in the UK.

His family paid tribute to a “loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother and friend”.

Mr El- Hawrani had not seen any patients for a number of weeks and had been receiving treatment in intensive care. 

His son, Ashraf, said: “Most of my dad’s time was dedicated towards his family, and the rest of that time was dedicated towards his profession.

“He taught me the significance of respect and equality. He also stressed the importance of not worrying about the things I cannot control, which he displayed to me right up until the end of his life.

“He did not seek the praise and approval of others, he was satisfied by viewing the positive effects of his actions and the wellbeing of his family. 

“I am incredibly proud to say that, for 18 years of my life, Amged El-Hawrani was my father.”

March 26

Pooja Sharma, East Sussex

Pooja Sharma and her father Sudhir who passed away within 24 hours of each other

Pharmacist Pooja Sharma, 33, died a day after her father – both passing away from coronavirus. 

Ms Sharma, who worked at the Eastbourne District General Hospital in East Sussex, was admitted to intensive care three days before she died. 

Paying tribute to their friend, Mr Sharma’s loved ones said her laugh was “contagious” and that she gave her friends “nothing but love, support and a tummy ache with all the laughter.”

March 25

Dr Habib Zaidi, Southend Hospital

Dr Habib Zaidi, a GP, died at Southend Hospital

Dr Zaidi, a family GP, is thought to be the first doctor in the UK to have been killed by coronavirus. The 76-year-old, from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, died in intensive care just 24 hours after being taken ill. 

His daughter Dr Sarah Zaidi, also a GP, said the knowledge that coronavirus had taken him was “too much to bear.”

She added: “It is reflective of his sacrifice. He had a vocational attitude to service.”

Dr Zaidi had been self isolating at home and had not seen patients for a week before he died.

He and his wife, Dr Talat Zaidi, 70, were both managing partners of Eastwood Group Practice and had served three generations of families in the area for nearly 50 years. 

Their daughter added: “We can’t mourn in the normal way. We can’t have a normal funeral.

“He left a gaping hole in our hearts, but a loss that is also felt within the community that he devoted almost his entire life to. We are praying for the safety of everyone right now.”

Dr Adil El Tayar, West Middlesex University Hospital

Dr Adil El Tayar was the first working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain

Dr El Tayar, a renowned organ transplant specialist, was the first working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain. 

He is thought to have contracted the illness while working in the A&E department at Hereford County Hospital, where he had volunteered to help fight the pandemic.

The Sudanese locum, 63, had no idea that the patient he was treating had coronavirus, family said.

Dr El Tayar had been self-isolating after developing symptoms around mid-March and he was admitted to hospital on 20 March. 

He tested positive for coronavirus and spent his final days in intensive care.

His cousin, Dr Hisham El Khidir, a Norfolk consultant, warned that doctors were “sitting ducks” and said more testing could have saved Dr El Tayar’s life.

“His son was really scared that he wasn’t going to make it,” he said. “This disease is horrible and is going to cause more heartbreak for many more families for weeks to come.”

Dr El Tayar’s career saw him work at hospitals around the world, including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and two of London’s biggest hospitals – St Mary’s and St George’s.