Coronavirus: Government minister Greg Hands reveals father’s death linked to COVID-19

Derrick Santistevan

Government minister Greg Hands has revealed his father has died after contracting coronavirus.

The Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham mentioned the lack of his father made Thursday’s Clap for Carers event “especially poignant”.

“Great to be out there, clapping for our carers, including those in our care homes,” the trade minister mentioned, referring to the now-weekly show of help for Britain’s key employees on the frontline of the battle towards COVID-19, the illness attributable to the coronavirus.

Greg Hands (L) together with his father. Pic: Greg Hands/Twitter

“Especially poignant for me this week after the death of my father in his care home, on Monday, of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19.

“My father is one other care home COVID death, however I bear in mind him as an excellent grammar college scientist, a single-minded & decided man, labored his manner out of poverty, fought arduous and gave his greatest.

“He will be sorely missed. 1934-2020, RIP.”

Boris Johnson took half in this week’s Clap for Carers event, becoming a member of many individuals throughout the nation as they thanked frontline healthcare employees.

Britain applauds its NHS heroes

The prime minister is currently recovering from COVID-19 at his Chequers nation residence after being discharged from hospital, whereas Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab deputises for him.

A Downing Road spokesman mentioned: “Like millions of people across the country, the prime minister joined in the Clap for Carers this evening, to say thank you for the incredible efforts of the country’s doctors, nurses and care workers.”

It’s now the fourth week because the nation began applauding these treating COVID-19 sufferers in hospitals and care houses, after the concept went viral on social media on the start of the lockdown.

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Mr Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds mentioned she was “clapping harder than ever tonight for our carers – you are the best of Britain”.

She additionally paid tribute to Captain Tom Moore, 99, who has raised more than £15m for an NHS charity by strolling 100 laps round his backyard.

Additionally collaborating in Clap for Carers was Mr Raab and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who’ve been main the federal government’s response within the absence of the PM.

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