Grandfather, 88, becomes second UK coronavirus death as total infected sees biggest leap yet to 164
THE family of a grandfather who died of coronavirus today claimed medics didn't spot the deadly bug – leaving the 88-year-old coughing on an open ward before his death.
The OAP passed away in Milton Keynes Hospital on Thursday after returning from a Caribbean cruise and initially being diagnosed with pneumonia.
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He became the second person in the UK to die after testing positive for coronavirus following the death of a 75-year-old British woman at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, who had underlying health conditions.
More than 160 people have tested positive for the bug in the UK, with fears the crisis is now slipping into the "delay" phase.
But the grandfather's family today flagged concerns not enough was done to test him for coronavirus, or prevent the spread of the virus.
A source said: "He was coughing excessively and another patient in the ward had complained to a nurse that should be checking him for coronavirus.
"The nurse told him not to worry about it and that he is being dealt with."
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