The older brother of Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson died on Oct. 16 from COVID-19, the disease caused by CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the mayor said.
“Despite the efforts of all the staff @LivHospitals ICU my brother sadly died at 10:45 last night,” Anderson wrote on Twitter. “We want to thank the dedicated staff risking their lives for us. Thank you all for your messages of love and support.”
Despite the efforts of all the staff @LivHospitals ICU my brother sadly died at 10.45 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💙❤️
— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) October 17, 2020
Anderson said on Friday that his brother was in intensive care.
“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,” Anderson wrote on Twitter.
Anderson included in the tweet a video featuring Dr. Richard Wenstone, critical care consultant at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, showing CCP virus patients in ICU in the hospital.
The mayor urged people to follow the restriction measures.
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. Please watch the video, follow the rules & understand why we all need to fight the enemy #Covid https://t.co/pwlVALVuBF
— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) October 16, 2020
Liverpool is currently on “very high” CCP virus alert level and under a tier 3 lockdown. Anderson said on Friday that he never fully supported the government’s three-tiered system.
“I challenged the closure of gyms, we talked about the hospitality sector being hit,” he told the BBC.
He said it wasn’t fair that the hospitality sector has to close while it shares equal blame for infections with schools and higher education, retail, and the community.
The mayor said he wanted a so-called national “circuit-breaker” lockdown to stop the spread of the virus, a measure suggested by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
The government has so far avoided another national lockdown, attempting to balance the benefits with the harm the government’s restriction measures would bring.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the financial consequences of a second lockdown would be “disastrous.”