Daughter warns against New Year parties after mum gets Covid at wedding and dies
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A daughter whose mum died after Covid-19 rampaged through a wedding is urging people to skip New Year parties and resist pressure to have big celebrations.
Heartbroken Dalvinder Kaur-Kelly has spoken out after Joginder, 67, died from the deadly virus six weeks after a lavish celebration attended by around 100 people.
The September nuptials broke coronavirus restrictions and around 50 people subsequently fell ill.
Around 60 or 70 guests attended a reception at the groom's house, the Mirror reports.
Dalvinder, 44, said: "My mum should still be here, but she felt pressured to go. If you are worried, don't keep quiet – speak up.
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"It is so senseless. My mother went from the wedding to being admitted to hospital in less than 10 days.
"A few weeks later we were arranging her funeral.
"Covid is destroying lives. I wish people would think about what they are doing."
The wedding took place in Derby on September 19, when restrictions at the time meant only 30 people could attend.
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The reception, 35 miles away in Walsall, West Mids, was attended by tragic Joginder and guests travelled from as far afield as Essex, London and Liverpool.
Joginder tested positive soon after the wedding and died on October 30.
Her daughter added: "I just want to tell people not to go to huge gatherings.
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"There is a vaccine on the way, so make sure your loved ones are here to celebrate next Christmas and New Year with you."
Dalvinder blasted official coronavirus advice and offers of "false hope" over the coming vaccines.
She added: "We seem to have lost that community spirit from the first wave when everyone was working together.
"The messages from the Government have been adding to the confusion and now they're saying it'll be back to normal by Easter.
"No, it won't. Coronavirus will still be here.
"People will still need to be careful and patient, wait for the vaccine to be rolled out to everyone then let's have a real celebration next Christmas."
Dalvinder is fundraising for the critical care unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where her mother was treated. To donate visit here.
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