Coronavirus kills Brit gran, 80, after she caught bug on hospital ward

An 80-year-old grandmother who went into hospital for a routine operation died after catching the coronavirus.

Former cleaner Marita Edwards, 80, is reportedly the first Briton to die by contracting the disease on a hospital ward.

She was admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, south Wales, for gallbladder surgery on February 28 but died last Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Her son Stuart Loud, from Westbury in Wiltshire, said his mum had no underlying health conditions but was considered too frail to have ventilation.

He told BBC News: "We sat by her bedside and took it in turns to hold the little face mask to her face to make sure she was getting enough air.

"We were all in protective clothing, masks, gloves and aprons.

Mr Loud, his step-dad and daughter are all now in self-isolation.

He was due to get married in four weeks, adding: "My mum's whole wish was to be there.

"The one thing that kept her going was to be at my wedding and that won't be the case."

The mum-of-two, from Bulwark in Monmouthshire, Wales, was one of five patients to die in the hospital.

Environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg yesterday revealed she has contracted the coronavirus.

The Swedish climate activist broke her silence in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

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Greta has gone into self isolation with her dad after they both started displaying symptoms of COVID-19, but both are in good health.

The pair had recently been on a train tour of Europe before travel restrictions were imposed.

Greta said: "The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside. When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself since the number of cases of COVID-19 were similar to Italy in the beginning.

"Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father – who travelled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed.

"My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever."

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