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Gareth Thomas says family member has died from coronavirus

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Gareth Thomas said one of his family members has died from coronavirus.

The ex-Wales captain disclosed the information during an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.

He also said he is "petrified" for his daughter, who works in the NHS.

On Tuesday 7, the number of coronavirus deaths in Wales rose to 212.

The former Wales international announced how he and his family had been personally affected by the virus so that people would "see the reality" of what is happening.

This virus has affected me, I have had family members die, I have friends and family in hospital. I have someone who has a funeral tomorrow and none of us can go, and my daughter works for the NHS and I am petrified for her. I have all this fear so I don't just want to share happiness, I want people to see the reality of what is going on in the world right now.

– Gareth Thomas (speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live)

The sports star is married to Stephen Thomas, who it is believed has a daughter who works in the NHS.

Thomas also spoke of his disgust at online abuse directed at Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister is in hospital being treated for coronavirus. He was moved to intensive care on Monday.

Thomas said he could not "believe the hatred" behind some of the comments, which included death wishes.

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