A healthy man, who was a keen gym goer who worked out six times a week, has been struck down with coronavirus.
Derek Aitken started suffering from cold sweats and a fever after returning home from a weekend spent partying in Australia for a friend’s 40th birthday.
The freelance event producer was shocked when he had tested positive for coronavirus three days later, after arriving home in Los Angeles, USA.
The 41-year-old has spoken out about the virus, saying he’d go to bed each and not know if he’d wake up.
He said he didn’t know if he’d survive
Mr Aitken told the Daily Telegraph in Australia: “It was an agonising wait and was such a shock to be told I had it as I am really healthy, I eat clean and go to the gym six times a week.
“There were days I went to bed and didn’t think I would get up the next morning.”
He added: “Younger people are getting it and fit people are getting it. I got away lightly and didn’t need ventilators, but the symptoms are different and vary in severity from person to person.”
The news comes as Prince Charles test positive for the virus, as he and wife Camilla separate for 14 days after she tested negative.
Britain has entered its second day of a national lockdown – and police have already caught many people ignoring rules aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Police are patrolling the streets to enforce the lockdown and have been seen dispersing sunbathers in parks, shutting down a mobile phone kiosk and breaking up a BBQ.
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The pandemic took another grim turn as the UK death toll increased by 87 to 422 while the NHS braces for the peak to start.
A nurse, aged in her 20s, employed at a London hospital treating Covid-19 patients is reported to have killed herself at work.
The NHS appealed for an army of 250,000 volunteers – and saw 170,000 come forward overnight.