Gogglebox star Sandra Martin's sister-in-law dies of coronavirus one week after she started showing symptoms

The 58-year-old announced the news on Twitter on Friday, March 27, a week after she revealed her brother's wife and their daughter had been rushed to hospital


                            Gogglebox star Sandra Martin's sister-in-law dies of coronavirus one week after she started showing symptoms
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Sandra Martin of 'Gogglebox' fame has announced on Friday, 27 March that her sister-in-law passed away because of coronavirus. The 58-year-old revealed the news on Twitter.

The latest news from Martin came almost a week after she revealed that her brother's wife and their daughter had been rushed to hospital after suffering from coronavirus symptoms - high fever and a dry persistent cough. The news has left the star devastated as she wrote on Twitter: “AM CRYING. MY BROTHER WIFE JUST DIED OF CORONAVIRUS. R.I.P MY SISTER IN LAW.”

Martin, who starred in the Channel 4 show alongside best pal Sandi Bogle from its beginnings in 2013 until her exit in 2017, has also urged people to follow the UK government’s guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “AM NOT HAPPY EVERYONE. ..MY BROTHER WIFE AND SISTER IS IN HOSPITAL WITH DAT BLOODY CORONVIRUS...MY BROTHER IS SELF ISOLATING. ..THIS HAS MADE ME VERY UNWELL...WEN IT HITS YOUR DOORSTEP YOU FEEL THE PAIN...

“AM CONSTANTLY PRAYING. .MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERYONE (sic)." 

In her later tweet, she revealed, “20TH OF MARCH I TOLD YOU MY BROTHER WIFE AND HER DAUGHTER WAS IN HOSPITAL WITH CORONVIRUS. ...WELL JUST SPOKE TO MY BROTHER AND THEY ARE BOTH STILL IN HOSPITAL BUT CRITICAL NOW. ..THE HOSPITAL CALL MY BROTHER 10 AM THIS MORNING HE IS AT HIS WIFE SIDE.PRAY.”

The sad news about Martin’s sister-in-law came as the death toll in the UK has reached 578 with more than 11,000 people tested positive due to the deadly virus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also tested positive for the new coronavirus.

According to the PM’s office, Johnson tested positive after showing mild symptoms. Downing Street also mentioned that he is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country's response to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the worldwide death toll rate has climbed to over 24,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. However, it also said that more than 124,000 people have recovered, about half in China.

Reports also claimed that situations in countries, like Russia, Indonesia, and South Africa, with even more fragile health care systems, grew direr on Friday with all passing the 1,000-infection mark. In order to prevent the further spread of the virus, several countries have chosen the option of lockdown with South Africa going it for a three-week shutdown. India has also launched a three-week shutdown and initiated a massive program to help feed hungry day laborers as the crisis has left them with no work.

New York state, the epicenter of the US outbreak, reported 100 more deaths in one day, accounting for almost 30 percent of the 1,300 fatalities nationwide. Gov Andrew Cuomo said the fatality rate will increase soon as critically ill patients who have been on ventilators for days will give in, according to Associated Press report.

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