Man Loses Both Parents And Sister To Coronavirus In Two Weeks

A man in the U.K. has shared his devastating story after losing his elderly parents and sister to coronavirus in the space of two weeks.

Keith MacVicar, 84, and his wife Jean MacVicar, 82, both died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, around a fortnight ago, The Derby Telegraph reported.

Their daughter Jayne Harvey, 62, from Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, started displaying coronavirus symptoms shortly after their deaths.

Her brother Richard MacVicar initially took to Facebook to urge people to pray for his sister's recovery. But he then shared that she too had died from the illness over the Easter weekend.

He said that losing so many members of his immediate family in such a short period of time was "so, so wrong."

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"It's with heartbreaking regret to say Jayne has lost her battle for life," he wrote, according to the newspaper.

"At least we have the comfort of knowing she is back with mum and dad. To lose half your family in the space of two weeks feels like someone has cut me open and stolen my heart. So, so wrong."

MacVicar has been contacted for additional comment.

Friends and family members shared their condolences on Facebook, with Joanne MacVicar writing: "What a wonderful man and so proud to call him my Father-in-Law."

"I've no words. Thinking of you Richard. Stay strong. Never lose that smile. Thoughts are with you. God bless," Rachel Foster-Wakeman wrote.

Harvey, who once worked as a crime analyst for Staffordshire Police, had shared multiple posts on Facebook urging people to follow social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. She had also recently changed her profile picture on Facebook to one that included a caption that read: "Stay home, it could save lives."

The U.K. is in its fourth week under lockdown, with people permitted to leave their homes only for a few reasons, such as shopping for necessities, for medical or health reasons or to travel to and from work—but only if they cannot work from home. They are also permitted to leave their homes for one form of exercise a day.

Those restrictions are expected to stay in place as the U.K's death toll continues to rise. "We have come too far, lost too many loved ones and sacrificed too much to ease up," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said during a news conference on Monday.

The U.K. has more than 88,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 11,000 deaths, according to the latest figures from Public Health England. More than 900 of those cases are in Staffordshire.

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