Uni graduate, 26, dies days after catching coronavirus as he prepared to move in with girlfriend

A UNIVERSITY graduate died days after catching coronavirus – as he prepared to move in with his girlfriend.

Matthew Pearson, 26, had tested positive for the virus days before he tragically died on October 1.

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His heartbroken family paid tribute to the beloved young man following his death.

Leeds Live reports his dad, Gary, said Matthew had been getting ready to set up a home with his partner, Hayley.

He said: "He met his soul mate and the love of his life Hayley three years ago. Hayley has become a very special part of our family.

"He loved her and always will beyond words and I know that Hayley feels the same."

He added: "I am beyond devastated that we said our goodbyes to Matthew.

"When he was born I instantly knew that we had a beautiful and unique bond like I did when Gemma (Matthew's sister) was born.

"I want him to know how proud I am to have been his dad and how thankful and proud I am that he has touched so many lives in a way that words can’t describe.

"I will love him forever and want all who knew him and were touched by his presence in their lives to carry on his memory by continuing to show the love that he gave to us all."


It comes as the UK has suffered its deadliest Saturday during the Covid second wave after 462 more people died bringing total fatalities to 51,766.

And the grim figures released today show that cases have increased by 26,860 – with a total of 1,344,356 now infected by the killer bug.

Experts said the spike in confirmed cases was almost certainly due to a "last hurrah" as Brits partied before lockdown hit on November 5.

In the days before the draconian restrictions were imposed, pictures showed revellers spilling out of bars and pubs.

Meanwhile, Government scientists said today that England's lockdown should end as planned on December 2.

And there are hopes the strict shutdown has been working, with the R rate – which measures the average number of people a coronavirus patient infects – falling back below 1.

The crucial value is now estimated to be 0.9 across the country according to the Covid Symptom Study app while Sage's most recent estimate, published yesterday, is that the R rate is somewhere between 1.1 and 1.3.


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