Philippine-born nurse dies in UK's coronavirus frontline: report


Posted at Apr 06 2020 10:36 AM | Updated as of Apr 06 2020 10:56 AM

Philippine-born nurse dies in UK's coronavirus frontline: report 1
A billboard promoting the Clap for our Carers campaign as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Watford, Britain, April 2, 2020. Matthew Childs, Reuters

MANILA - A 23-year-old nurse born in the Philippines died due to the coronavirus epidemic in the UK, according to a newspaper report. 

John Alagos is believed to be the youngest medic in the UK to succumb to the respiratory disease following a 12-hour shift caring for COVID-19 patients at the allegedly short-staffed Watford General Hospital, reported the Mirror

Alagos fell unconscious after he got home and paramedics failed to revive him, his mother Gina Gustilo was quoted as saying. 

Nurses at the Watford General Hospital wear "normal masks" that do not protect their mouths entirely, she said. COVID-19 is widely believed to spread through respiratory droplets from the coughs or sneezes of patients. 

The hospital earlier declared a "technical issue" with its oxygen equipment and advised patients, apart from women expecting to give birth, to stay away until further notice, the Mirror reported. 

Alagos is not believed to have any underlying health problem, said the report. 

He was born in the Philippines, moved to the UK as a child and was a British citizen, it added. 

The Watford General Hospital "always kept our staff updated on the latest PPE guidance to make sure they have the right level of protection," according to a spokeswoman that the report quoted. 

Britain currently has 47,806 confirmed hospital cases and 4,934 deaths. 

Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son, heir to the throne Prince Charles, has tested positive after displaying mild symptoms. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday after failing to shake off coronavirus symptoms.

In only her fourth address at a time of crisis in her 68-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II said the outbreak could be defeated by a collective effort in a "common endeavor". 

UK hosts some 200,000 Filipino workers, according to 2014 data from the foreign affairs department. 

With a report from Agence France-Presse