The Mayor of Liverpool has announced his brother has died after a battle with coronavirus.
Writing on Twitter, Mayor Joe Anderson said: ‘Despite the efforts of all the staff @LivHospitals ICU my brother sadly died at 10.45pm last night. We want to thank the dedicated staff risking their lives for us.
‘Thank you all for your messages of love and support. Let’s stick together and support each other and win this battle.’
It comes after Mayor Anderson urged people to follow tier three restrictions placed on the city in order to ‘fight the enemy Covid’.
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He tweeted on Friday night: ’10 mins ago my sister-in-law a Nursing Sister has told me my eldest brother her husband has got Covid-19 he is in the Royal @LivHospitals in the ICU in a very serious condition.”
His tweet highlighted a video shared by the Liverpool City Council Twitter account that featured Dr Richard Wenstone making a plea for people to follow coronavirus rules to ease pressure on the NHS.
Mayor Anderson said: ‘Please watch the video, follow the rules & understand why we all need to fight the enemy Covid.’
New figures have shown half of England is now living under tighter coronavirus restrictions as cases soar.
Liverpool leaders blasted the Government’s new three tier system as ‘a shambles’ after a disagreement over gyms.
Gyms and leisure centres in Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley and Halton were ordered to close from Wednesday as the area was placed in tier three.
However, gyms in Lancashire can stay open under the strictest measures after ‘intensive discussions’ with local leaders.
In a joint statement, Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram and leaders of the six boroughs said: ‘We simply will not accept our region being treated differently to other Tier 3 areas, without robust scientific evidence.
‘These inconsistencies in restrictions between areas within the same tier risk undermining the new system from the beginning.
‘So today we are once again demanding that Government urgently supplies us with the scientific evidence behind their decision to close gyms in our area, while allowing them to stay open in other areas.’
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