The brother of Liverpool’s Mayor has died from the coronavirus – just hours after he asked the public to stick to the new guidelines.
Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson made the tragic announcement this morning, October 17, on Twitter.
Mayor Anderson said his brother had died at 10.45pm on Friday, October 16, at a hospital in Liverpool.
He thanked “dedicated staff” risking their lives to fight Covid-19 and told the public to “stick together and support each other” to win the battle against the virus.
Liverpool Hospitals responded to the Mayor’s tweet and sent their condolences to his family while thanking him for his “kind words and continued support.”
Mayor Anderson wrote: “Despite the efforts of all the staff at 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.”
It came hours after Mayor Anderson pleaded with people to obey coronavirus restrictions after his brother contracted the virus and was placed in intensive care.
The city is under the strictest Covid-19 rules in the new three-tier system.
Mr Anderson, 62, shared a video on Twitter uploaded by Liverpool City Council that featured Dr Richard Wenstone making a plea for people to follow coronavirus rules to ease pressure on the NHS.
The Liverpool mayor himself wrote: “10 mins ago my sister-in-law a Nursing Sister has told me my eldest brother 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 & understand why we all need to fight the enemy #Covid.”
All bars and pubs in Liverpool have been forced to shut unless they are serving substantial meals.
Casinos, betting shops, gaming arcades, fitness and dance studios, including gyms, have also closed in the Liverpool City Region.
The UK’s largest chain of gyms, PureGym, is considering legal action against the latter decision.
There is also a ban on meeting socially with anybody who is not part of your household, or support bubble, indoors.
It applies to the whole Liverpool City Region, which also includes the local authority districts of Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, as well as the City of Liverpool.