Coronavirus: British OAP dies after ‘only leaving house once a week for food’

A British pensioner has died from coronavirus after only leaving her house once a week for food.

Son Jeff Howes has been left “heartbroken” after losing his mum, 87, to the global pandemic.

In a viral post on Facebook, which has been shared over 50,000 times, Mr Howes said his mum had contracted the deadly virus after only leaving her home for an hour a week “to go shopping”.

He’s now warning the nation to follow strict Government advice and stay at home.

He wrote: “Feeling heartbroken, please share this far and wide, we have just lost our lovely mum to the corona virus.

“She was 87, the reason I want to post this is because my mum left her house once a week for about an hour, to go shopping.

“So for those people who think they can ignore the governments advice, and go swanning around thinking it won’t happen to them, it will.

“If my mum can contract it, in one hour, whilst shopping, then everybody is vulnerable.

“Please please please be sensible, and take care, so more people don’t have to go through the heartache that me and my family are going through now. RIP Mum love you.”

Thousands of well-wishers have shared the post since it was uploaded on Tuesday afternoon.

One person wrote: “What a tragedy, how very sad to lose your lovely mum to this awful virus. My condolences to you and your family, stay safe.”

Another added: “So glad you wrote this as it crossed my mind to do a quick small shop,sorry for your loss.”

A third person said: “So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing to put the point across to isolate.”

It comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating around the world.

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