The mayor of Liverpool mayor has announced his brother died in hospital after being admitted suffering from Covid-19.
Joe Anderson posted on Twitter on Saturday that his brother had died at the Royal Liverpool Hospital on Friday night.
He said: “Despite the efforts of all the staff @LivHospitals ICU my brother sadly died at 10.45pm last night.
“We want to thank the dedicated staff risking their lives for us. Thank you all for your messages of love and support.
“Let’s stick together and support each other and win this battle.”
The tragedy comes just five weeks after Mayor Anderson lost his other brother, Henry, to cancer.
Yesterday he announced his brother was seriously ill and urged people to watch a video taken from inside the hospital’s intensive care unit and to follow the rules on social distancing.
The harrowing video, shared by Liverpool City Council on Friday, lays bare the severity of the coronavirus crisis in Liverpool’s hospitals.
It shows inside a ‘red area’ at the Royal Liverpool Hospital where nurses must wear hazmat suits and Covid-19 patients are attached to ventilators.
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Mayor Anderson said: “Ten minutes ago my sister-in-law, a Nursing Sister has told me my eldest brother, her husband, has got Covid-19.
“He is in the Royal @LivHospitals in the ICU in a very serious condition.
“Please watch the video, follow the rules and understand why we all need to fight the enemy #Covid.”
Liverpool was moved into the highest alert level in England on Wednesday (October 14), meaning that pubs and restaurants can only open if they offer a substantial meal, indoor gyms and fitness/dance studios, sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos have all closed.