A cooperative that has served customers without protective gear is fighting for its life after catching a coronavirus.
Clare Hill, 44, worked at the Keynsham, Somerset store, until she fell ill on March 24 and was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
It was there that she was diagnosed with Covid-19 and has now been in an intensive care induced coma for five days.
Her husband, Steven, has since criticized her supermarket employer for not providing her staff with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves or masks.
Steve Hill with his wife Clare, 44, who is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with coronavirus following changes to Co-op in Keynsham, Somerset
Hill criticized the cooperative, which he said did not provide protective equipment to his wife until she fell ill on March 24. The photo above shows the Queen’s Road store in Keynsham.
Speaking to ITV News, he said, “In 72 hours, she has grown from a happy mature woman to a person fighting for her life.
“She was just doing her job like everyone else. These people should have been protected two or three weeks ago.
Hill added, “She came home from work a week ago with a headache. She went to bed and stayed in bed on Wednesday because she still felt a little agitated.
“I called 111, but she didn’t have any of the other symptoms at the time, so they said to just keep an eye on her.
“Thursday evening, she developed a cough. Friday morning I called 111 and we ended up taking her to the hospital this afternoon.
“We are experiencing the greatest pandemic crisis in centuries and people should go to work without gloves or masks.
“It’s not just the way Clare works, it’s across the country. “
She was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the Royal United Hospital in Bath (photo) and has had an intensive care coma for five days.
The Southern Co-operative Society, which manages the store, said it followed the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Association of Convenience Stores.
A spokeswoman for the channel said, “Although there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 was contracted at work, we are deeply saddened that one of our colleagues was hospitalized and offered our support his family.
“This pandemic continues to evolve and, like all retailers, we are working quickly to implement measures in response to the latest advice from the government.
“We have followed the advice of the government closely to ensure the continued protection of everyone with measures such as social distancing and additional time for hand washing which remains the most effective way according to the government.”
“We are currently deploying protective screens as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, like all retailers, we faced significant delays beyond our control to obtain additional gloves and hand sanitizer, as we believe domestic supplies are being redeployed to front line staff at the NHS.
“We are also following closely government advice on face masks, which currently state that masks are of little use outside of a clinical setting.”
The latest figures show 29,474 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with deaths now reaching 2,352
Government advice currently indicates that masks are of little use outside of a clinical setting, but not all academics agree.
Dr. Nick Longrich, Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, said: “There is strong scientific evidence to suggest that medical masks are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“A systematic review of research on the SARS coronavirus found that face masks were very effective in preventing people from getting the virus, and a study by a group of medical staff at a Wuhan university hospital found that when ‘they were used with procedures like disinfection and hand washing, none of the doctors and nurses wearing N-95 masks contracted the COVID-19 virus.
“Countries where the use of masks is common, such as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, have also been able to control their epidemics more effectively than Western countries.
“So the evidence seems to suggest that the masks work.
“Given the current state of PPE supply, we need to think very carefully about the best way to use what we have, but scientific evidence suggests that more widespread use of face masks could slow the spread of disease. “
Mr. Hill is now isolated and cannot visit his wife in the hospital, see her children or other family members.
He urges everyone to follow the advice for staying at home, unless it is absolutely essential.
“People don’t know what it can do to you in such a short time.
“When I see what happened to my wife in a few hours. No one should go out. We are deeply saddened. ‘
This comes as the latest figures show 29,474 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with the death toll now reaching 2,352.
Morrison workers on the frontline of coronavirus crisis should expect £ 1,000 bonuses – after Ocado, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all pledged to 10% bargain
Front-line staff at Morrisons have been told to expect a bargain of £ 1,000 after the company pledged to triple its annual premiums following the coronavirus pandemic.
Employees working at Morrisons supermarkets across the UK will receive a 6% increase in income over the next 12 months, officials said on Thursday.
The announcement comes after Ocado, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all promised similar measures.
Employees working at Morrisons supermarkets across the UK will receive a 6% increase in income over the next 12 months, managers announced on Thursday.
Morrisons said the bonus would represent an additional £ 1,050 for full-time employees and would also be paid to staff on sick leave or self-employed.
The program will also include new hires that the supermarket has made to help meet the additional demand caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Clare Grainger, Group Director, said, “Our valued colleagues have stood in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, playing their full role in feeding the nation.
“We would like to thank each and every one of them for their continued hard work during these unprecedented times by paying a much higher guaranteed premium throughout the year in recognition of their efforts. “
This comes after a host of other supermarket chains have announced similar measures.
Ocado, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have all pledged to provide a 10% bonus to front line staff.
Asda promised a week’s extra pay in June, and Marks & Spencer said it would give workers 15 percent more pay.
Supermarkets saw record demand in March as combined grocery sales increased 20.6% in the past four weeks, according to figures released by Kantar earlier this week. In the photo: buyers line up at a Morrisons store in Surrey
Supermarkets saw record demand in March as combined grocery sales increased 20.6% in the past four weeks, according to figures released by Kantar earlier this week.
Tesco sales jumped 5.5%, Asda grew 4.9%, and Morrisons grew 4.6%.
But Sainsbury’s has become the top performer of the big four traditional supermarkets after growing sales of 7.4%.
Experts say more food was bought last month than at Christmas, even though stores have less time to prepare for the rush.