A NHS worker who caught Coronavirus whilst she was pregnant has died after giving birth to her fourth child.
Devastated colleagues at North Tyneside Hospital observed a minute silence this morning for Becky Regan, 29, who worked as a healthcare assistant.
Becky Regan was 29 when she died after she contracted Covid-19
Becky, from Blyth, Northumberland, died after working on the frontline at the hospital since January last year.
According to a Go Fund Me page that was set up to support her four children, she fell seriously ill when she was pregnant with her fourth child.
Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This will be remembered as a very sad day for Northumbria and we are all devastated at the loss of our friend and colleague.
“Our deepest condolences are with the family at this tragic time.
“While every death during this pandemic has been a tragedy, the loss of Becky will feel especially painful having just given birth and her close family are now dealing with the worst possible news.
“Our thoughts are also with her close colleagues and those who treated her during her illness who will also be grieving her loss.
While every death during this pandemic has been a tragedy, the loss of Becky will feel especially painful having just given birth and her close family are now dealing with the worst possible news.
Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
“As we grieve I’d like to say thank you for the amazing response that we’ve had from every single member of staff in these difficult months especially now that Covid-19 has touched us so close to home.”
This comes as it was revealed that England’s coronavirus R rate has fallen below 1 for the first time since July.
Official government data says the official figure, which represents the number of people an infected person will pass Covid onto, is now between 0.7 and 0.9.
It’s slightly lower than it was last week at 0.7 to 1.0, but is the first time it’s fallen below the crucial value since July 3, last year.
For the UK as a whole, it’s slightly higher at 0.7 to 1.0, but that’s also a drop om last week when it was estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.1.
It may even be as low as 0.6 in the capital, according to the latest report based on data up to February 1.
The announcement from Sage comes after experts behind the ZOE Symptom Tracker app revealed that the R rate was at 0.9 across the UK.
Becky had been working at North Tyneside Hospital since January last yearCredit: NCJ Media