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Science teacher and retired NHS nurse among the latest victims to die after contracting Covid-19



A science teacher, a mental health worker and a retired NHS nurse who returned as a volunteer to battle the pandemic were today named among London’s latest victims to have died with Covid-19.

Douval Thompson-Davis, 59, had taught at Greenford High School in Southall for 12 years, and tested positive for the virus while in hospital being treated for a torn arm muscle. He leaves behind two daughters and wife Sharon.

Headteacher Mia Pye described him as “a superb teacher and a kind, generous, endlessly positive person” who would be “immensely missed”.


She added: “He had an unwavering belief in the ability of all students to succeed and [was] always available to support any student, at any time, who arrived at his classroom door.”

His cousin, Ade Daramy, 65, said Mr Thompson-Davis suffered kidney problems. He died on May 4. “The family were not allowed in to see him but the hospital staff put the phone to his ear and they sang songs to him and reminisced,” Mr Daramy added.

“Highly respected”: Alanzo Smith with one of his two children, Alanya

Alanzo Smith, 62, a “highly respected” mental health worker at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust for 22 years, died on Sunday in University College Hospital after battling symptoms for more than a month. He leaves behind two children and three grandchildren.

His wife Juliana said: “He was kind and generous, a loving husband and father. He was highly respected in his job. He loved his work and he loved helping people. We cannot believe he has gone.”

Mr Smith had been working until he began feeling ill at the beginning of last month.

Edem Dzigbede, 59, went back in March to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich from where she retired last year after a 30-year nursing career. She died on April 19, leaving three children and two grandchildren. Her daughter Etornem Azar, 32, said: “She was an amazing person. When they wanted volunteers to go back, we tried to discourage her but she would not let down the NHS and the patients.”

Ben Travis, chief executive of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said: “All our thoughts are with Edem’s family, loved ones and colleagues.” A fundraiser for her family is at gofundme.com/rip-edem-awo-dzigbede



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