Coronavirus cases: Young nurse passes away despite following shielding orders

Coronavirus has attacked – and killed – a young nurse who had trained to save the lives of the others. The 28-year-old mum tragically passed away while shielding in her own home.

Tributes have been paid to Vivian Chickwan Ng, who worked for North Manchester General Hospital.

The churchgoer had been shielding as diabetes and kidney troubles made her more vulnerable to the disease.


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Public Health England (PHE) stated that people who are clinically vulnerable and more at risk should have received a letter from their GP telling them so.

Those placed into the category included solid organ transplant recipients and people on immunosuppression drugs – the full list is here.

Shielding measures involve staying at home at all times, meaning you can’t leave the house.

Currently, shielding measures are to be followed until June 30 2020.

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Rev Jackie Calow, from St Michael’s Church, told the PA news agency: “You meet some people in your life and they touch you forever – Vivian was one of those people.”

On the church’s Facebook page, Ms Calow added: “Vivian was beautiful on the outside but it was her inner being that was the most beautiful.

“Her gentle nature, inspiring spirit, kind and generous heart and mind were all gifts we have been blessed to see and receive.”

Vivian and her partner, Tony Sheridan, have a four-year-old daughter named Skye.

And the couple from Middleton were planning on getting married.

Only recently, Tony found out that his kidney was a match with his soon-to-be fiancée.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Vivian’s father revealed the mum-of-one had been on dialysis.

Tony had planned on giving her his kidney so they could enjoy a long life together.


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The family are currently in quarantine, meaning loved ones and friends can’t visit inside their home to support the grieving family.

“Normally we would be round there doing what we do, but we just can’t,” added Ms Calow.

Under current government restrictions, people aren’t allowed to enter other people’s homes.

And, so, to show she cares, Ms Calow did what she could – she called the family.

“When you’re talking to someone on the phone it’s very different,” Ms Calow continued.

“You can’t judge when your questions are too much, you can’t help them when they need a hug.”

The lack of human touch during such a tragic time is saddening.

Ms Calow commented: “Our grief is really tough, but it’s nothing to theirs. I just can’t imagine what they’re going through.”

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