A Saint Lucia family is in mourning after the death of a London prison worker from suspected Coronavirus, UK media reports say.
The deceased has been identified as Bovil Peter, 64.
According to the Evening Standard, the deceased was a member of the support staff at HMP Pentonville in Islington.
The publication said Peter died last week while showing symptoms of the virus.
It quoted Peter’s nephew, Mark Smith in Saint Lucia as saying that his uncle had been placed at excessive risk.
““He was a joyful, hard-working, spiritual man, very, very friendly. He should have had the proper protective equipment where he worked,” Smith was quoted as saying.
The Guardian reported that according to the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), Bovil Peter was one of two prison support staff who had succumbed to COVID-19.
The other was identified as Patrick Beckford.
The Chairman of the POA described the two deaths at one prison as ‘very concerning’.
According to the Guardian, Mark Fairhurst told the publication that 7,900 prison staff in England and Wales, including officers, support grade staff and governors, were self-isolating, and a further 15 had confirmed cases of coronavirus.
He also said that 90 prisoners had been confirmed as having Covid-19, with another 1,200 prisoners self-isolating.