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Pregnant beautician, 39, in desperate fight to save herself and baby after contracting coronavirus

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 26/03/2020 Katie Weston For Mailonline

a girl posing for a picture: Ms Mannering, pictured, who works at Hot-tees Tanning and Beauty Salon, said she 'doesn't know' where she caught coronavirus from but is 'very ill' © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Mannering, pictured, who works at Hot-tees Tanning and Beauty Salon, said she 'doesn't know' where she caught coronavirus from but is 'very ill' A pregnant beautician in a desperate fight to save herself and her baby has made an emotional plea to others after contracting coronavirus.

Karen Mannering, 39, from Herne Bay, Kent, captured a video of herself from inside a hospital after developing pneumonia in both lungs as a result of the virus.

Ms Mannering, who is 26 weeks pregnant, warned people not to go outside and adhere to social distancing rules, saying she is 'fighting' for herself and her baby.

Footage shows the mother-of-three, who is expecting her fourth child, saying: 'I am telling you now, if you are going to meet your friends for a stupid beer or for a walk because the weather is nice, you are going to take this home and you are going to kill someone.

'One of your family members. Just stop going out, listen to Boris and just don't go out, it's not worth it.'

She added: 'I have just been told I have COVID-19, and I have been ill for two weeks.

'I have been in hospital now since Saturday and today is Wednesday. I have pneumonia in both lungs and I am fighting for me and my baby.

'It is not worth going out. I have three kids at home and a husband that I can't see.'

It is thought Ms Mannering is being treated at Margate's QEQM Hospital, according to Kent Live.

The beautician said she 'doesn't know' where she caught the virus from but is 'very ill'.

Hot-tees Tanning Beauty and Hair Salon, Ms Mannering's workplace, posted in a statement on its Facebook page: 'To all of our customers at Hot-tees we regret to inform you that one of our members have been tested positive for Covid-19.

Ms Mannering, from Kent, said she is 'fighting' for herself and her baby © Provided by Daily Mail Ms Mannering, from Kent, said she is 'fighting' for herself and her baby

'Please be safe and if you receive any of the symptoms please ring for medical advice.' 

It follows the Department of Health and Social Care confirming late on Wednesday evening that a total of 97,019 people have been tested for coronavirus with 87,490 found negative. 

The update said 463 people had been killed by the virus, but the data did not cover a 24 hour period. 

Despite clear government guidance members of the public were continuing to flout the rules by heading out to sunbathe yesterday, on the second day of the coronavirus lockdown. 

Pictures - Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world

Footage emerged showing police dispersing Britons gathering in parks and other public places, with people gathering despite strict advice to stay at home and avoid the outbreak overwhelming the NHS. 

Others were seen enjoying the weather at Battersea Park in South West London, on the beach in Portsmouth and in the sea off Eastbourne despite the Prime Minister urging people to stay at home.

Meanwhile in Manchester, officers dispersed groups, some of which greeted each other with a hug, along with sunbathers in Piccadilly Gardens. 

Police also used megaphones to tell people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, saying 'this is serious, we need to beat corona.'


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