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British taxi driver, 56, dies after ‘catching coronavirus from customer’s cash’, his heartbroken daughter fears

A HEARTBROKEN daughter fears her cabbie dad died from coronavirus after taking cash from a customer.

Spencer Kurash, 56, had bravely decided to continue working as a taxi driver in London to ferry people around the city.

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But the dad developed coronavirus symptoms on March 18 and was forced to self-isolate at home in Chigwell, East London.

Spencer, who had worked as a cabbie for 22 years, collapsed when his symptoms worsened on Wednesday.

His wife of 19 years, Esther, desperately tried to resuscitate him but tragically he couldn't be saved.

Tests will now be carried out to confirm whether the dad had the virus, with his family fearing he may have caught the disease from a punter.

His daughter Natasha, 18, told the Sunday Mirror: "It could have been an infected passenger who handed over money.

"It’s just devastating.”

The grieving student spoke out as the death toll in the UK rose to more than 1,000 people.

New figures reveal 260 people died in the last 24 hours - with at least 13 of them being healthy adults.

There are currently 17,089 in Britain who have tested positive for Covid-19.

It is the biggest surge in coronavirus deaths the UK has seen so far - up from yesterday's tally of 759.

Today, NHS England announced that 246 more people who tested positive with Covid-19 had died in England.

Patients were aged between 33 and 100 years old and all but 13 patients had underlying health conditions.

Today's grim tally brings the total number of deaths in England to 935.

It is hoped that the UK's current lockdown measures could help reduce the surging death rate from an eventual 260,000 people to 5,700.

Statisticians at Imperial College London have calculated that the UK can avoid 260,000 deaths if it keeps on the same path seen in China.

The head of NHS England warned the UK would have done "very well" if there are less than 20,000 coronavirus deaths.

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Stephen Powis urged Brits not to be "complacent" and said we must lock down to save lives and beat the killer disease in the No10 daily briefing.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England medical director, said: "If we can keep deaths below 20,000 we will have done very well in this epidemic.

"If we do reduce the levels to below the level which we thought, that won't be because we are somehow lucky, it won't be because the virus is somehow acting differently in this country.

"It will be because the British public complied with the advice given.

"We can beat this virus, we can reduce the number of deaths but only if we do what we are asked.

"Now is the time to really hone down on what we are asked to do.

"Every one of us has a part to play and we know that can work.

"To everyone watching - you have the chance to save the life."

NHS boss warns UK will ‘do well’ to keep coronavirus deaths below 20,000 as he urges lockdown now to save lives

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