Midwife, 54, dies of coronavirus in hospital in Essex as her devastated family say ‘our hearts are broken’ – The Sun

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A MIDWIFE has died after testing positive for coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

The family of  Lynsay Coventry, 54, said their "hearts are broken" after the "loving mum" died from the deadly bug at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

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The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, confirmed Lynsay died on Thursday April 2 at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

Paying tribute, her family said: "As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.

"What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife.

"Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life. It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family.

"She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world."

Lynsay is the latest NHS worker to die during the covid-19 outbreak and is the first NHS midwife in England whose death has been publicly confirmed.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), said: "It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Lynsay Coventry, 54, a long-standing member of our maternity team who will be remembered for her professionalism and commitment to the women she supported.

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"Lynsay had tested positive for Covid-19 and died on Thursday (April 2).

"She followed national guidance and self-isolated at home when she developed symptoms, and was not at work in the time before her death."

It comes as the UK coronavirus death toll reached 4,974 today after 621 more people died.

A total of 47,806 across the UK have now tested positive for the bug.

Meanwhile it was revealed that John Alagos, 23, became the youngest British medic believed to have died from the deadly bug – collapsing after a 12 hour hospital shift.

Last week six children were robbed of their hero mums as nurses Aimee O'Rourke, 38, and Areema Nasreen, 36, died after treating patients.

This evening, the Queen will address the nation over the crisis – and is expected to emphasise that "we are all in this together".

Her Majesty has recorded the speech, which will also be broadcast across the Commonwealth, from Windsor Castle.

The landmark address is likely to praise the work of NHS and social care workers, while emphasising how serious the situation is.

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