A two-minute silence was held this morning in honour of a nurse who died from coronavirus.
Victor Dinoo, a father of three, died in Leicester on Sunday 24th May.
Mr Dinoo worked as a senior nurse at the Heartlands Hospitals in Birmingham, where staff said he ‘would be greatly missed’.
Colleagues held a two-minute silence and prayers at the hospital for him at 11am this morning.
Friends and colleagues also paid tribute to Mr Dinoo – saying how he had left ‘lasting impressions’ and ‘would always make people laugh’, even during the hardest of shifts.
A fundraising appeal has been launched in memory of Mr Dinoo. It had an initial target of £1,000, and has already raised more than £4,000, less than 24 hours after being launched.
Margaret Garbett, Director of Nursing for University Hospitals Birmingham, said: “Sadly we learned that one of our much-loved colleague, Victor Dinoo passed away in Leicester on Sunday, 24 May.”
“Victor was a highly valued and respected senior nurse from the Clinical Site Team for Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals and will be greatly missed.”
“The Trust is in touch with his family and offering support to them during this difficult time.”
BAME communities have been the hardest hit by Covid-19, with recent reports showing they have a significantly higher risk of dying from the virus.
The statistics show Black Brits are four times more likely to die from coronavirus than their white counterparts, while those of Asian heritage also face a much higher risk – including the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities who are nearly twice as likely.
This has led many health officials to urge the government to consider how the easing of lockdown restrictions will affect BAME communities and whether any additional protections can be offered to these groups.