A grieving daughter has urged people to resist attending New Year’s Eve parties after her mum died with coronavirus after being ‘pressured’ into going to a wedding’.
Dalvinder Kaur-Kelly’s mum Joginder lost her life six weeks after attending a 100-person gathering in Derby on September 19.
Joginder attended the ceremony before joining between 60 and 70 people at a reception at the groom’s house.
At least 50 people contracted the virus at the event, including Joginder who tested positive on September 24.
She was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham four days later and died on October 30.
Dalvinder told The Mirror her mum felt ‘pressured’ to go to the wedding and encouraged people to ‘speak up’ if they are worried about the pandemic.
She said: ‘It is so senseless. My mother went from the wedding to being admitted to hospital in less than 10 days.
‘A few weeks later we were arranging her funeral. Covid is destroying lives. I wish people would think about what they are doing.’
At the time of the event, Government restrictions allowed up to 30 guests at weddings.
The reception was in Walsall, with Joginder travelling 35 miles to get there along with people from Essex, London and Liverpool.
Dalvinder claims the Government has made the pandemic worse with ‘confusing advice’ and messages of ‘false hope’.
She thinks it is wrong for ministers to tell people things will be back to normal by Easter because it ‘adds to the confusion’ as ‘people still need to be careful’.
Dalvinder said: ‘I just want to tell people not to go to huge gatherings… There is a vaccine on its way, so make sure your loved ones are here to celebrate next Christmas and New Year.’
Joginder’s family is raising money for Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s critical care unit after ‘amazing doctors and nursing staff’ looked after her mum in her final days.
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