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CORONAVIRUS FATALITY: Sixth life claimed by COVID-19 at Watford General Hospital

 Published on: 10th March 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has died at Watford General Hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The patient, who hasn’t been identified, had underlying health conditions and died last night (March 9.)

It now brings the death toll in the UK to six people who have now died from the coronavirus.

A West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson said: “Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Watford General Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.

The patient, who died in the evening of Monday March 9th, was in his early 80s and had underlying health conditions. His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

A statement from the family read: “We have lost a loving, caring father, grandfather and brother. His age and failing health did not stop him from living a full and complete life and always doing things for other people. He was guided by his innate kindness.

“Our father will be sorely missed, not just by us but by those whose lives he touched.

“We can advise that this is the only statement we are going to release at this time with regards to our dearly loved relative.”

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has released a statement following the patient’s death.

Mayor Taylor said: “I am very sorry to learn of a death related to coronavirus at Watford General Hospital today.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the wonderful medical staff at Watford General Hospital, who do such a remarkable job in all circumstances.

“I know that this gentleman had underlying health problems and want to reassure people that we are working closely with Public Health England to support the national effort to combat and contain the virus.

“If anyone is concerned about their health, they should use the NHS 111 service and follow official expert guidance.”

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