A Nigerian nurse has died of coronavirus in the UK while her older sister who is also a nurse is fighting for her life on a ventilator.

Esther Akinsanya (55) and her sister, 61-year-old Mary Idowu both worked at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Woolwich, United Kingdom. They were rushed to the hospital within hours of each other two weeks ago and tested positive for the ravaging virus. Akinsanya died four days later on April 15

Akinsanya's son, Sameul, told the London Evening Standard that both women insisted they will continue working despite the pandemic and were certain they contracted the disease while performing their duties as frontline workers. He said while his mum had no underlying medical condition other than high blood pressure, his aunt has a heart condition and diabetes.

“They are tough women they didn’t mention the dangers they just got on with their jobs. They both tested positive and are convinced they got it at work. These heroes like my mum and aunt need to be protected. It’s just not good enough that people on the front line are dying like this.” he said