First coronavirus death in Brent

14 March 2020

Following the announcement by Public Health England about the death of a Brent resident from coronavirus, the Leader of Brent Council has moved to reassure residents.

A man in his late 60s with underlying health conditions died in Northwick Park Hospital this week, the NHS confirmed today. The man had tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.

Dame Jacqueline Docherty, Chief Executive, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust said:

"We can confirm that sadly a patient being treated for COVID-19 has died at Northwick Park Hospital. 

"The man in his sixties had underlying health conditions. Our thoughts are with the patient’s family at this difficult and distressing time and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected”. 

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Brent Council Leader, said:

“It is with deep sadness that I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the Brent resident who died last week. This is an incredibly difficult time for all concerned.

“Brent is not immune from this worldwide pandemic but I want to reassure everyone that we are working closely with our colleagues in the NHS to support Public Health England in their efforts to delay the spread of the virus. Simple actions can make a big difference and it is important to follow the NHS advice to keep yourselves safe and healthy.

“It is also vital that we stay united as a community and look out for each other - especially older residents and people with underlying health conditions.

“Everyone at the council is also working extremely hard to make preparations so that the core frontline services that residents rely on the most can keep running while this situation is ongoing.”

Residents with any concerns about their own health should visit the NHS 111 website or call NHS 111 for the latest health guidance.

For more information, including local council events that have been postponed in Brent, please visit our coronavirus latest information and advice page.