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'Died alone': Nurse hits out at actor's coronavirus denial

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

An intensive care nurse in the UK has lashed out at an actor who refuses to abide by coronavirus lockdown measures, sharing a striking message in response.

Joanna Jackson took to Twitter to post a photo of her face marked with the red indents of PPE, while revealing the horror she is faced with working on the front line during the pandemic.

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Joanna Jackson shared a photo of her face marked with the red indents of PPE. Photo: Twitter

“Just held a persons hand as they died alone, without their family or loved ones by their side. Glad you enjoyed your meal,” she wrote alongside the striking image.

Her post came in response to a tweet from British actor Laurence Fox, who has been vocal about flouting the current national lockdown, which has been in place in England since 5 November.

The former Lewis star tweeted on Sunday: “Just had a large group over to lunch and we hugged and ate and talked and put the world to rights.

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Laurence Fox has been vocal about flouting the current UK lockdown. Photo: Twitter

“It was lovely. You’ll never take that away from people. Stay out. Protect your rights.

“If the NHS can’t cope, then the NHS isn’t fit for purpose. Compliance is violence.”

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The tweet was slammed by many other users with some even flagging the post with police.

“Hello. I’d like to report a breach of the lockdown guidelines. Please ensure Mr Fox gets his £10,000 fine,” one user wrote, tagging London’s Metropolitan Police.

TV host Piers Morgan also hit out at Laurence Fox in an angry rant, saying: “It’s not about you.”

“It epitomises the attitude of a small vocal minority of people in this country who just don't think this pandemic is for them,” he said during Monday’s Good Morning Britain.

“It's not just about you, it's about other people in our society, vulnerable people, sick people, elderly people, people who've already got underlying conditions.

“It's to stop them being killed.”

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

Despite the initial backlash, Laurence Fox followed it up with another tweet further airing his views on the health service, again lashing out at the national health system.

“The NHS isn’t my church and salvation. It’s employees aren’t my saviours,” he wrote.

“If you can’t deal with a 99.9% survival rate virus, you aren’t fit for purpose. You don’t need protecting, my elderly relatives do.”

Joanne’s post comes after a US nurse left onlookers gobsmacked by her startling physical transformation after working months on coronavirus wards in hospitals.

Nurse Kaitlyn from Tennessee shared a set of before and after photos to Twitter last month, with the caption “How it’s started vs how it’s going”. In the first photo she was a newly registered nurse, looking bright-eyed and fresh, compared to her more haggard and tired appearance in the second.

“I love being a nurse,” she wrote. “Didn't exactly expect to be a new nurse in the middle of a highly politicized pandemic but life comes at you fast and even in a pandemic, there's nothing else I want to do. Caring for the sickest of the sick is an [honour] and I treasure my patients.”

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