They have spent hours at work reassuring their patients. But the risks some NHS workers have faced while helping corona-virus victims have proven to be too great.

The tally of doctors, nurses and carers who have made the ultimate sacrifice is growing.

And it has made the calls over testing and adequate personal protective equipment for essential frontline staff to grow ever louder.

Yesterday coronavirus ended the life of Carol Jamabo, 56 – she is the first carer to be named as a victim.

Her youngest son Abiye, 22, has also tested positive for the virus, according to the family.

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The mum-of-two had 25 years experience as a key worker
Carol Jamabo, 56, was a mum-of-two and had 25 years experience as a key worker

Carol, from Bury in Greater Manchester, who had asthma, became suddenly unwell at her home and then rushed to hospital.

Her nephew, Dakuro Fiberesima, from Purfleet, Essex, said she was put on a ventilator at Salford Royal Hospital but could not be saved.

Dakuro added: “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. She was an amazing aunt. She was fun and had such a positive character.”

Liz Glanister, 68, centre, was a nurse at Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospital’s chemotherapy ward

A second carer, Catherine Sweeney, from Dumbarton, has also been named as having died.

Her family said: “She was a caring and generous person, especially when it came to her time, having dedicated over 20 years of her life as a home carer to unfailingly serve the needs of the most vulnerable in society.”

Liz Glanister, 68, was a nurse at Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospital’s chemotherapy ward.

Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr Amged El-Hawrani died aged 55
Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, a GP in Leigh-on-Sea for more than 47 years

The gran died on Friday after testing positive for coronavirus. She is just one of the people who show why the Mirror’s campaign to give our NHS heroes a medal is gathering momentum. The death of ear, nose and throat specialist Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, hit colleagues “like a train”.

Dr Habib Zaidi, a 76-year-old GP who served three generations of people in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, died 24 hours after being taken ill.

John Alagos, 23, a nurse at Watford General Hospital, is another victim. His distraught family have been told he had not been wearing adequate protective clothing despite facing frontline danger of battling Covid-19.

John Alagos, 23, is the youngest British medic believed to have succumbed to the deadly virus
Nurse Thomas Harvey died after treating a coronavirus patient

Tamira Harvey, whose dad Thomas, a mental health nurse for 20 years in North London, died from the virus, says he did not have adequate PPE.

She added: “My dad was let down. The Government could have prevented this.”

Nurse Aimee O’Rourke, 39, died at the hospital where she worked – Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent – after testing positive for Covid-19. She came to the profession after raising three girls.

Aimee o'Rourke
Retired doctor Alfa Saadu, 68, died of coronavirus after returning to the NHS frontline

Among the other victims are Professor Sami Shousha, 79, who had worked at cancer research labs in London and Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, who retired but carried on part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Herts.

Organ transplant specialist Dr Adil El Tayar, 63, was the first working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain. Many other essential workers have died too.

Professor Sami Shousha, 79, had worked at cancer research labs in London

The deaths of eight bus drivers in London and one in Bristol has prompted calls for more stringent safety measures.

One of the victims, Nadir Nur, 48, who worked in the capital, was said to have been in good health beforehand. Colleagues said he was “well-liked at the depot”.