AN "AMAZING" mum-of-two is thought to be the first care worker in the UK to die after contracting coronavirus.
Carol Jamabo, 56, worked as a carer in the community for Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester but fell ill around a week before her death last Wednesday.
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Her youngest son has also now tested positive for the virus, according to the family.
Ms Jamabo's death comes as the number of NHS nurses and doctors to die after treating patients on the virus frontline continues to rise, with at least 11 fatalities so far.
A devout Christian, Ms Jamabo served the public as a key worker for over 25 years, after moving to the UK from Nigeria in the early 1990s.
She previously worked in the prison service and as an NHS administrator at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.
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Ms Jamabo moved from the south east to Bury, Greater Manchester, to be nearer her two children, Tonye Selema, 25, and Abiye Selema, 22, a student at Leeds University.
Ms Jamabo became suddenly unwell at her home with her youngest son and was rushed to hospital.
She is not thought to have had any major underlying health condition, but did suffer from asthma.
Over the days her condition rapidly deteriorated, according to her nephew, Dakuro Fiberesima, from Purfleet, Essex.
She was transferred to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator at Salford Royal Hospital but could not be saved.
She was fun and had such a positive character
Mr Fiberesima said: "It happened so rapidly. No one was by her side.
"With the ventilator decision, you just get a call they are planning to turn the ventilator off.
"You wonder if you were there, whether that would make a difference?
"She was such a popular person, there would have been people there to fight her corner so to speak.
"The youngest son is in a terrible position. He was extremely close to her. He was living with her."
News of her death comes as Britain's coraonvirus death toll soared again to 4,974, after 621 more people died.
A total of 47,806 across the UK have now tested positive for coronavirus after 5,903 more people were infected.
There are fears that care workers treating residents with symptoms of coronavirus risk becoming infected themselves.
Ms Jamabo's family has now set up a Go Fund Me page to pay for her funeral costs.
Mr Fiberesima said: "She was just an amazing aunt.
"Growing up in an African background, the aunts are very strict, but she was fun and had such a positive character.
"She would have been well deserving of a round of applause for her hard work and commitment over the years."
The family's Go Fund Me page has raised more than £5,300 towards the funeral so far.
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Writing a tribute on the page, Mr Fiberesima hailed his aunt as "a fun loving person with many friends" who would be "remembered for her uplifting, joyful and enthusing personality".
He said: "Words cannot describe the damaging and destructive impact her passing will have to her work colleagues, friends, family and most painfully, her two children.
"With the goodness of your heart, please kindly donate what you can to support her family and two children to raise the necessary funds for the funeral costs in this painfully sad and upsetting time.
"May God bless you and help us all through this challenging period."
Yesterday, the devastated colleagues of a midwife who died from coronavirus lined the walls of a hospital ward to pay their respects.
Lynsay Coventry, 54, died at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust on Thursday April 2 – just a day before long-serving nurse Liz Glanister died in Liverpool.