A doctor who asked for more protective gear from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has died of a coronavirus, the Guardian reported on its website.

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, who worked at a hospital in Hackney, East London, died at the age of 53. He had been in hospital for 15 days.

Chowdhury wrote a Facebook message to Johnson last month in which he said front-line public health (NHS) workers urgently needed more protective gear. In addition, he demanded accelerated access to the corona test for health care personnel.

Chowdhury stressed that health care workers “are in direct contact with patients” and have “like others, the human right to live a healthy life in this world with their families and children”.

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville described Chowdhury as a hero who died while serving the urban district. The doctor is left to mourn the wife and two children.

“I hope his death wasn’t due to ongoing problems around testing and protective gear, but it raises questions,” Glanville wrote on Twitter.

According to him, the case is a serious reminder of how human lives are lost when trying to keep citizens safe.

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