Second coronavirus victim in UK named after he met people returning from Italy

The second British person to be named after dying having caught the coronavirus in the UK is Darrell Blakeley.

The Middleton, Greater Manchester man tested positive for the disease after he was found collapsed on the floor of his home on March 3.

The 88-year-old was taken to North Manchester General Hospital where he initially tested negative for the disease, Manchester Evening News reported .

After several days of receiving treatment for sepsis , Mr Blakeley was tested again and was then found to have caught the coronavirus.

He died on Friday, March 13 in an isolation unit.

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It is believed he contracted coronavirus after spending time with people who returned from a ski trip in Italy.

Mr Blakeley attended St Michael’s Church in Middleton for fifty years.

In a statement the church said: “Today St Michael’s Church family in Middleton is deeply saddened at the death of Darrell Blackley.

“Darrell was a faithful man at St Michael’s for over 50 years, he sang in the choir with a beautiful voice, described by so many as a gracious gentleman who is going to be sadly missed. RIP Darrell.


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 “I cannot stress enough the need to self-isolate if you believe you are at risk of infecting anyone else.

"Please hold Darrell’s family in your prayers, they have had a traumatic time not being able to see Darrell and are hurting so much.

“Also pray for carers in our hospitals nursing those with the virus. Thank you NMGH.”

Darrell’s family asked for friends to donate acts of kindness instead of flowers.

His family said in a tribute: “We invite you to forget flowers and cards. Instead we would like you to give acts of kindness.

"Help someone who is lonely or struggling during this time, who needs shopping, childcare, or a chat.

“Post tiny acts of kindness given and received and share. Build something beautiful in Darrell’s memory.”

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