HEARTBROKEN Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s brother has tragically died of coronavirus.
The leader had urged people to follow the city’s strict lockdown rules yesterday as he told how his sibling was in a serious condition in hospital.
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He today confirmed his brother sadly passed away last night, tweeting: “Despite the efforts of all the staff @LivHospitals ICU my brother sadly died at 10.45 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.”
Mr Anderson said on Twitter yesterday his eldest brother was in a “very serious condition” in hospital in the city, which is currently under the strictest lockdown rules.
He also highlighted a video shared by the Liverpool City Council Twitter account urging people to follow coronavirus rules to ease pressure on the NHS.
It showed coronavirus patients on ventilators on a Covid-19 intensive-care ward at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
One sister said conditions on the ITU ward as the second wave engulfs the region are like “your worst nightmare”.
Mr Anderson said: “Please watch the video, follow the rules & understand why we all need to fight the enemy #Covid.”
Liverpool this week became the first city to be plunged into “very high risk” Tier 3 lockdown amid warnings hospital critical care beds are more than 90 per cent full.
Under the new rules, people are banned from mixing with other households, indoors or outdoors.
Cases in Liverpool have surged from 94 in the week up to September 1 to the current level of 3,199 cases per week.
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Dr Richard Wenstone, a critical care consultant at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, said: “We’re under a lot of pressure every day now. My biggest worry is we’ve not seen the peak of the second surge yet.
“Now, we’re going into a winter and will be expecting the flu season to start as well and of course the winter tends to be a very busy time for hospitals anyway.
“But this is a very serious disease. It’s here, it’s not going to go away very quickly, it is killing people and it’s going to continue to kill people until there’s a vaccine – if we ever get a vaccine.”