Single mum, 26, who 'gave her life to others' dies of coronavirus leaving behind daughter, 3

A SINGLE mum and care home worker described as a "gentle and kind-hearted" soul has died from coronavirus.

Sonja Kaygan, 26, who had a three-year-old daughter, was a carer at the Elizabeth Lodge Care Home in Enfield, in North London.

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Sonja died today after contracting the deadly virus.

In a GoFundMe page set up in her memory, it says: "Sonja Kaygan sadly lost her battle with COVID-19 today aged 26. Sonja was a carer at the Elizabeth Lodge Care Home. She gave her life to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable.

"She was a gentle, caring and kind-hearted soul. Sonja was a single parent and leaves behind her three-year-old daughter.

Sonja's mother Ayse is taking care of her grandchild now, while also deeply hurting from the loss of her daughter.

"The money raised will go a long way in making life more bearable after experiencing this unexpected tragedy.

"The funds will go towards funeral costs and the care of her three-year-old daughter."

The UK recorded 847 new coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals today, taking the total to 14,576.

Among the latest deaths is new mum Salina Shaw, 37, who died just a few days after giving birth to her daughter.

However the figure does not includes thousands more who have died in care homes and the community.

Up to 40,000 Brits could die during the first wave of the spread – making it the worst hit country in Europe, a leading expert has warned.

Professor Anthony Costello, of the UCL Institute for Global Health, warned the UK could endure up to nine more waves after lockdown measures are relaxed.

The rise in Covid-19 cases in care homes across the UK has seen staff demand more person protective equipment.

Homes have been forced to beg for equipment off beauty salons.

Earlier this month Carol Jamabo, 56, a community carer for Cherish Elderly Care, in Bury, in Greater Manchester, died after contracting the virus.

Carol served the public as a key worker for over 25 years, after moving to the UK from Nigeria in the 1990s.

Meanwhile Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government had now identified 27 NHS workers who had died after contracting coronavirus, however the true total is thought to be significantly greater.

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