NINE Chelsea pensioners die of coronavirus

NINE Chelsea pensioners die of coronavirus as 58 others survive their battles with Covid-19 at military home Nine Chelsea pensioners have died of coronavirus at Chelsea Royal Hospital Among the deaths was  Fred Boomer-Hawkins, 75, who became ill in March The deaths were announced on the eve of commemorations to mark VE Day  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:00 BST, 7 May 2020 | Updated: 08:27 BST, 8 May 2020

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They had served their country in some of the most dangerous places in the world – only to be taken in their old age by coronavirus.

Nine Chelsea Pensioners have been killed by the disease, it was confirmed last night.

The Royal Hospital’s governor, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, told of his sadness at the deaths – announced on the eve of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

A further 58 residents at the Royal Hospital Chelsea have recovered after testing positive for Covid-19 or showing symptoms. There are 290 residents at the home for veterans

He said it was ‘a time of hope and reunion that feels particularly poignant’. 

A further 58 residents at the Royal Hospital Chelsea have recovered after testing positive for Covid-19 or showing symptoms.

There are 290 residents at the home for veterans. They include 47 who fought in the Second World War, plus soldiers who served in the Korean War, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. 

It welcomes Army veterans aged over 65 who have no living dependants and a welfare need such as financial hardship or bereavement. The average age of its

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