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Coronavirus UK: Uber driver dies after passenger coughs in cabin

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A fit and healthy Uber driver died a week after a woman repeatedly coughed in his taxi, his family said.

Ayub Akhtar, of Norwood in south London, was only 33 years old when he died of coronaviruses last Friday.

In a text message to his family from his intensive care bed, he wrote, “I’m really scared … pray for me.”

Akhtar’s brother Yasser resisted tears when he described how quickly his brother’s health deteriorated.

“It all happened so quickly,” he told MailOnline. “It destroyed him.

Ayub Akhtar, a fit and healthy Uber driver, died a week after woman repeatedly coughed in taxi, family says

Ayub Akhtar, a fit and healthy Uber driver, died a week after woman repeatedly coughed in taxi, family says

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Akhtar of Norwood in south London was only 33 years old when he died of coronaviruses last Friday. Her brother Yasser (left) resisted tears when she described how quickly her brother's health deteriorated.

Akhtar of Norwood in south London was only 33 years old when he died of coronaviruses last Friday. Her brother Yasser (left) resisted tears as she described how quickly her brother’s health deteriorated. “It all happened so quickly,” he told MailOnline. “It destroyed him”

Akhtar, who was single and lived with his mother and siblings in Norwood, south London, started coughing and having respiratory problems soon after recovering the woman.

He had told his relatives that he feared he had the virus and within days he started showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Yasser said: “He told us about the lady who was coughing behind him in his Prius a few days ago and that he was worried.

“Then the cough started and he got cold all the time. We had central heating all the time to help her.

“I could hear his painful cough from his bedroom at night and that he was having trouble breathing. “

Akhtar’s sister Saleha called the NHS helpline and asked the family to monitor his condition.

“When he got to the point where he could barely breathe, the paramedics came to pick him up,” said Yasser.

Mr. Akthar was first admitted to Mayday Croydon Hospital and transferred to St. George’s Hospital, Tooting, where he died last Friday.

Akhtar, who was single and lived with his mother and siblings in Norwood, south London, started coughing and having respiratory problems soon after recovering the woman.

Akhtar, who was single and lived with his mother and siblings in Norwood, south London, started coughing and having respiratory problems soon after recovering the woman.

Akhtar's sister Saleha called the NHS helpline and asked the family to monitor her condition.

Akhtar’s sister Saleha called the NHS helpline and asked the family to monitor his condition. “When he got to the point where he could barely breathe, the paramedics came to get him,” said Yasser.

“We couldn’t see it. But we knew it was bad because if we text him it took a day before he answered.

“He said he was afraid because the doctors asked him to try to breathe with his lungs and he couldn’t. “

Mr. Akhtar, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, came to London with his family in his mid-twenties and has spent the past seven years as a taxi driver.

His brother added, “He was working hard to help pay for an extension to our house and the next step would have been for him to get married and have a family.

“Now all of that is gone. It is so difficult. It all came out of nowhere.

“We really want to thank the NHS workers for all they have done for Ayub. It must be so demoralizing for them to have to see people die like that. “

His family said he had had no serious illness before the coronavirus came to life.

“Ayub was a tolerant man, very well balanced. He was Muslim and respected everyone. He loved his family and we loved him.

Yaseen Asleem, head of the United Private Hire Drivers association, said it was impossible to keep a social distance of 2 meters as a driver. “We don't tell people they shouldn't drive. But it's a mess because there are no clear guidelines ”

Yaseen Asleem, head of the United Private Hire Drivers Association, said it was impossible to keep a social distance of 2 meters as a driver. “We don’t tell people they shouldn’t drive. But it’s a mess because there are no clear guidelines “

“It is such a difficult time. We have not been allowed to see him and we do not know when we can have the funeral. In our religion, we prefer that burials be done in a day or two.

Yaseen Asleem, head of the United Private Hire Drivers Association, said it was impossible to keep a social distance of 2 meters as a driver.

“We don’t tell people they shouldn’t drive. But it’s a mess because there are no clear guidelines.

Asleem, whose organization represents drivers in eight cities in Britain, added: “There has to be better safety tips for government drivers. “

:: Akhtar’s family and friends have set up a crowdfunding page for funeral expenses.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/ayub-akhtar-memorial

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