Sudhir Sharma, an immigration officer and his 33-year-old daughter, have died 24 hours apart, after succumbing to Coronavirus.
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Friends and family are mourning the loss of the 61-year-old, who died on Wednesday, before Pooja, a pharmacist, passed away the following day.
It is not clear whether the pair had been in close contact with each other before their deaths, according to Metro.co.uk.
Pooja, who worked at at Eastbourne General Hopsital in East Sussex, is said to have spent three days receiving medical treatment before her death.
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Border guards across the country are talking about Sudhir’s death, although officials do not believe he contracted the disease at work.
“It’s an absolute tragedy. He was a lovely, lovely man. Every immigration officer is talking about it. There are concerns about his widow being unable to attend the funeral because of the isolation issues. It’s just so awful,” The Sun quotes a source as saying.
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Sudhir, who is from Hounslow, West London, is thought to have left work due to underlying health issues, before recently returning.
Airport workers have expressed fears over protection offered to staff, who claim they are not offered screens or face masks.
In a social media post, a university friend of Pooja’s said: “Please, please, please inform family and friends to take this very seriously and to self-isolate, socially distance themselves as much as possible, for their families if not for themselves.”
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The publication further said a Home Office spokesperson denied allegations from Sudhir’s colleagues.
“The safety of the public and our staff is of the utmost importance. In line with Public Health England guidance, all staff have protective clothing and equipment available, including masks and disposable gloves, for when they are in close contact with anyone displaying symptoms.”