Sumary of ‘Covid has ripped the family apart’: the lives lost in the UK’s third wave:
- This week, the UK’s daily reported coronavirus death toll rose to its highest number since March.
- Since the UK announced zero coronavirus deaths on 1 June for the first time in nearly a year, a further 1,114 deaths have been reported including 73 on Wednesday, signifying amid soaring cases that the vaccination programme has weakened but not broken the link between infections and fatalities.
- Leslie, a musician who played in bands, had no underlying health conditions and thought he could survive Covid because the death rate was so low.
- While more younger people are catching Covid and being hospitalised than in the first wave, 3% of deaths between 28 May and 9 July were among the under-40s, 17% were aged 40-59 and 80% were 60 and over.
- Photograph: gofundmeBritish Airways pilot Nicholas Synnott was elated when he left intensive care in the US after 243 days and headed home to Surrey thinking he had won his battle with Covid.
- But Synnott died in June, 15 months after he first contracted the virus flying to Houston in Texas from Heathrow.
- Synnott, 60, reportedly experienced multi-organ failures in hospital and his wife, Nicola, 54, spent every day by his bedside.
- He had also not been vaccinated as he experienced agoraphobia and had struggled to organise transport to get the jab.