A HERMES delivery driver in his fifties has died of coronavirus – with his partner left to care for his two children and stepchildren.
Kevin Davies, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away in hospital on Wednesday morning, one of a growing number of key workers being lost amid the global pandemic.
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Davies leaves behind partner Claire, 46, a self-employed hairdresser, and four children.
Taking to Facebook yesterday, Claire wrote: "After being ill due to this awful virus early hours of this morning I’m afraid Kevin Davies past away.
"He put up an amazing fight but could not beat this.
"Can’t tell you how much he was loved especially by us lot his family."
A GoFundMe page has now been set up by Claire's cousin to help her and her children through the financial impact of their loss.
The campaign has so far raised £6,725 of a £10,000 target.
A description on the page read: "Claire and [Kevin's] children now face a not only awful, upsetting time but also an uncertain one with the financial implications that come with this.
"I want to make it clear that Claire has not asked for this and would never do so.
"But I know that as a hairdresser she is self employed and will be in a position that many in the country are with paying bills."
It added that the page was intended to make "one less stress" for Claire at a "horrible time".
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Davies is just the latest key worker to have died during the coronavirus pandemic after working to provide essential services and minimise disruption.
Sunday saw Royal Mail worker and dad-of-one Akie Fenty, 45, succumb to the virus after being rushed to hospital.
He had been suffering with breathing difficulties and a high temperature for two weeks.
He became the third Royal Mail worker to die after contracting the virus, following Bola Omoyeni and Stefan Haluszczak, who also died over the weekend.
Just minutes before his death, he texted partner Lisa Masson to say: "I love you, this is f***ing crazy."
The couple had been due to marry in August after 20 years together.
The coronavirus has now infected 1.5 million people, 65,000 of them in the UK, and killed at least 91,000 globally since breaking out in December.
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