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Family of Suffolk coronavirus victim plead with others to stay at home

Pat Bewley. Credit: Family photo

The family of a man from Suffolk who died from coronavirus have pleaded with people to stay at home to give the NHS a "fighting chance".

Pat Bewley, 80, died at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday after contracting the virus.

He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and had been self-isolating at home with his wife.

Writing on Facebook, his son Paul urged others to "take action" by staying at home to give the NHS "a fighting chance to restrict the death toll."

He also wrote that he didn't want his father's death to be "another statistic."

As of Friday, the number of deaths in the UK stood at 759 - an increase of 181 compared to the previous day.

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