A 36-year-old NHS nurse, who was believed to have had no underlying health issues, has died after contracting coronavirus.
Areema Nasreen died shortly after midnight on Friday in intensive care at Walsall Manor hospital in the West Midlands, where she had worked for 16 years.
Nasreen, who has three children, and was from Walsall, developed symptoms of coronavirus on 13 March, including aches, a high temperature and then a cough.
She tested positive for the virus last Friday.
At the time, her sister Kazeema Nasreen said: “People are not taking this seriously enough. She is young – it is not just the elderly who are at risk.
“I want everyone to know how dangerous this is. My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy.”
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s chief executive Richard Beeken said
“She was a very, very, respected and valued member of the team on the acute medical unit and they are absolutely distraught,” Mr Beeken said.
“Her dedication to her role and her popularity amongst her colleagues is obvious to see with the outpouring of grief.
“She always said that she was so blessed to have the role of a nurse which she absolutely loved because she wanted to feel like she could make a difference – and you did, Areema, you will be very sadly missed.”
Commenting on the death of Ms Nasreen, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I pay tribute to the NHS staff who’ve died serving the NHS, serving the nation.
“It shows the incredible bravery of every member of the NHS who goes into work knowing that these dangers are there.”
Second nurse Aimee O’Rourke dies after contracting Covid-19
Aimee O’Rourke, believed to be a mother of three, was treated for COVID-19 at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent, where she worked.
It was unclear whether she had any underlying health conditions before contracting coronavirus
Colleagues have described Ms O’Rourke as a nurse who was “determined to provide the best possible care to all of her patients and continued to come to work at a time when others were staying at home and inside”.
Her death was announced of the same day as that of 36-year-old nurse Areema Nasreen, who had tested positive for Covid-19.