The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has said his brother has died after being admitted to intensive care with Covid-19.
On Friday evening, Mr Anderson urged people to follow the rules to prevent the spread of the virus as he revealed his eldest brother was in a “very serious condition ” in hospital in the city.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, he said: “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.”
The Liverpool City Region was the first area in the country to be placed at “very high” risk Boris Johnson unveiled his new “three-tier” system for local lockdowns last week.
Most pubs and bars in the city were forced to close on Wednesday under the Tier 3 rules. After footage emerged of revelllers gathering in large groups and partying hours before the restrictions came into force, Mr Anderson said the scenes “shame our city”.
On Friday evening, Mr Anderson revealed his brother was in a “very serious condition” and urged people to follow the rules to prevent the spread of the virus.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
He also highlighted a video shared by the Liverpool City Council Twitter account that featured Dr Richard Wenstone making a plea for people to follow coronavirus rules to ease pressure on the NHS.
Mr Anderson added: “Please watch the video, follow the rules & understand why we all need to fight the enemy #Covid.”
With reporting by PA Media