A pregnant nurse has reportedly died after contracting coronavirus.
In another setting, a father-of-two, who is an hospital consultant has also died after contracting coronavirus – bringing the death toll of NHS workers to 44.
The 28 year old nurse died on Sunday aged after undergoing an emergency caesarean to deliver and save her baby daughter.
While the 62 year old father-of-two, Dr Peter Tun, died in the intensive care unit at the hospital in Reading on Monday.
Dr Tun worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for more than 21 years.
In an emotional tribute, his sons revealed he had always told them, ‘Treat all your patients like they are your own family’.
At least 40 NHS staff have died during the outbreak after testing positive although it is not known how many contracted the virus due to inadequate supplies of PPE.
Tributes have been paid for the pregnant nurse who died, with colleagues of the woman saying she was ‘a fabulous nurse, and a great example of what we stand for’.
The Trust’s chief executive described her as a ‘wonderful young woman who made a huge contribution’, according to Channel 4 News.
In an internal email to staff, he said the decision to perform an emergency cesarean was taken after the woman’s condition deteriorated. It is not known if her child has coronavirus also.
Tributes have also been paid to Dr Tun. In a statement, his children said: ‘Our family is immensely proud of our superhero dad.
‘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.’
The specialist’s colleagues have also paid tribute to him, with one calling him ‘a mentor, a father, and a friend’.
Dr Jonathan Mamo, who worked alongside Dr Tun in the hospital’s neurorehabilitation unit, said: ‘Peter was like a father to all of us in our department in Reading.
‘Despite being a calm and soft-spoken individual he always knew what to say and when to say it.’
He said Dr Tun, who cared for patients with complex neurological conditions, was a ‘great believer in the power of love’ who ‘loved to help people’.
Dr Mamo added: ‘His desk is now empty and we all miss his extraordinary presence.
‘To all of us on the neurorehabilitation unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital he wasn’t just a colleague; he was a mentor, a father, and a friend.’