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Doc’s death ‘a reminder of why we must stay in’

A DOCTOR has become the first front-line worker fighting coronavirus to lose his life, it emerged yesterday — as police condemned people making a mockery of the lockdown in the city he served.

Hospital consultant Amged El-Hawrani (pictured), 55, died from Covid-19 on Saturday night, as officers in Derby were breaking up a karaoke party attended by about 25 revellers with a buffet laid on.

As the UK death toll rose to 1,228, Boris Johnson warned he would ‘not hesitate’ to impose stricter measures if people flouted self-distancing rules.

‘We are giving one simple instruction — you must stay at home,’ he wrote in a letter being sent to every household in Britain.

Ear, nose and throat consultant Mr El-Hawrani, who worked at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, died at Glenfield hospital in Leicester.

His family said he ‘made a difference to thousands of lives’.

Grateful social media user Kelly Anne Norton revealed: ‘This man saved my father’s life and gave us 10 years + extra with him so far.’

Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director for England, said: ‘Amged’s death is not just an individual human tragedy but a stark reminder to the whole country that we all must take this crisis seriously.’

Police said the hosts of the party thrown on the night of the doctor’s death had been ‘dealt with’. ‘It is clear people are still having complete disregard for the government advice and rules,’ the Derbyshire force tweeted.

The number of UK deaths rose by 209 — down from 260 on Saturday.

But England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said beating the virus will be a long haul and normal life is unlikely to resume for six months.

People face fines of up to £960 if they break the requirement to stay in except for work, brief exercise, food shopping or collecting medicines.

The communities secretary Robert Jenrick said the public were ‘generally complying’ with the rules.

But he said the government ‘will have to consider what options are available’ to deal with people who aren’t. ‘Nobody is pretending that this will be over in a few weeks,’ he added.

The Plants Galore garden centre in Exeter has been ordered to shut after staying open despite non-essential shops being told to close.

On social media, Steve Rupp joked: ‘I need an emergency shrubbery.’