Coronavirus: Two prison workers die after fighting Covid-19 symptoms

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Two staff from Pentonville prison in north London have died after suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, said the Prison Officers ‘Association (POA).

Bovil Peter and Patrick Beckford were both prison support workers, and were thought to be in their sixties.

POA National President Mark Fairhurst said, “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in these tragic deaths – two people in the same prison are of great concern. “

Fairhurst said he did not know if any of the men had underlying health conditions.

He described Mr. Peter as “an experienced staff member” who worked at the operational support grade at the prison, and “he died earlier this week due to symptoms of Covid-19”.

Mr. Fairhurst added of Mr. Peter’s death: “I just want to point out that this (Covid-19) puts us all at risk.

“We are on the front line and doing a commendable job on behalf of the company and he will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues. We wish the best for his family and friends. “



A general view of the signage outside the prison

HMP Pentonville is located on Caledonian Road in the Barnsbury district of the London Borough of Islington.

A circular from Mr. Fairhurst reads as follows: “I regret to inform you of the death of a GSO (operational support grade worker) at HMP Pentonville.

“Mr. Bovil Peter unfortunately died due to the symptoms of Covid-19. The POA conveyed our deepest sympathy to the family of our colleague. “

Across the UK, 4,313 people have died from the virus and 708 deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

A five-year-old child is among those who died after being tested positive for the virus.



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This afternoon, it also emerged that five London bus workers with Covid-19 died.

Unite regional secretary to the union Peter Kavanagh said, “Each of these deaths is a terrible tragedy and everyone’s thoughts at Unite go out to the families of bus workers who died of coronavirus.

“Unite will help the families of our members in every way possible during this terrible time. “

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Earlier in the day, government adviser Professor Neil Ferguson said the current foreclosure could be completed by the end of May – but also warned that there could be “weeks” of new infections if people ignored the rules of social distancing to bask in the sun this weekend.

Professor Ferguson said the government would only consider relaxing the lockdown when the number of cases is lower.

He added: “We want to move to a situation where, at least by the end of May, we can substitute less intensive measures, more based on technology and testing, for the full lockdown that we currently have. “

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