Student Believed To Be The First Briton To Catch Coronavirus Dies


The first British national Connor Reed believed to have caught coronavirus late last year, has been found dead in his room at Bangor University.

The 26- year-old student caught the virus while working at a school in Wuhan, China in November 2019, and claimed he drank hot toddies to help him beat the illness.

Police officers and paramedics were called to a student’s room at the university in North Wales last Sunday evening but Connor was pronounced dead.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: ‘Shortly after 10 pm on October 25, North Wales Police were requested by the ambulance service to attend at a student’s room at a Bangor University halls of residence.

‘Regrettably, despite the best efforts of friends and paramedics, a 26-year-old student year male student was pronounced dead at the location.

When he first contracted the disease back in November, Connor described his symptoms, initially putting the illness down to a bad flu.

‘I feel dreadful. This is no longer just a cold. I ache all over, my head is thumping, my eyes are burning, my throat is constricted. The cold has traveled down to my chest and I have a hacking cough,’ he wrote at the time.

He went on to describe how he made himself a ‘hot toddy’ to help ease his symptoms. ‘I don’t smoke and I hardly ever drink. But it’s important to me to get over this cold quickly so that I can stay healthy for work. For medicinal purposes only, I put a splash of whisky in my honey drink. I think it’s called a ‘hot toddy”,’ he wrote

His heartbroken mother speaking to the Sun said;

‘Over the last six months, he endured a lot of hardship in China contracting Covid and having over 20 weeks lockdown under strict conditions.

‘He endured more lockdown than anyone we have even known – 16 weeks harsh lockdown in Wuhan, two weeks in Australia, and a further three weeks in the UK.

‘We are both broken-hearted that his adventures came to an end at Bangor University where he was studying for a degree in Chinese language with what looks like a tragic accident.’

Speaking of her son’s ambitious nature, she said: ‘To say Connor had a sense of adventure was an understatement.

‘When he told us he was going to learn Chinese we didn’t really believe him but he knuckled down and went on his own to China and in a few years was speaking fluent mandarin.’

Hayley added: ‘We would like to give Connor the funeral he deserves in the UK and also Australia.

‘We will not be able to attend his funeral in the UK due to the coronavirus restriction.

‘Therefore we will make sure we all celebrate his life at his home in Australia.’