Sophia Myles urges people to socially distance after watching dad Peter die an ‘unnatural death’

‘We have to take this seriously’: Sophia Myles urges people to socially distance after watching dad Peter, 76, die an ‘unnatural death’ to coronavirus

The British star revealed her dad Peter’s breathing gradually declined as the illness took its toll Sophia, 40, admits she was not able to touch her father, a retired Church of England vicar, as his life slipped away ‘…  it’s an unnatural death because their bodies go at a time they don’t want to die,’ she told Good Morning Britain on Wednesday The actress and her family are now going through the difficult process of arranging Peter’s funeral But she admits the growing list of coronavirus related deaths means he may not get the service he deservesCoronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Actress Sophia Myles has urged others to take the increasing spread of coronavirus COVID-19 seriously after watching her father die an ‘unnatural death’ to the respiratory disease. 

Appearing from home quarantine on Good Morning Britain, the British star, best known for her role as Darcy in the Transformers franchise, revealed her dad Peter’s breathing gradually declined as the illness took its toll. 

And Sophia, 40, admits she was not able to touch her father, a retired Church of England vicar, as his life slipped away due to the highly contagious nature of the airborne virus. 

Take heed: Actress Sophia Myles has urged others to take the increasing spread of coronavirus COVID-19 seriously after watching her father die an ‘unnatural death’ to the respiratory disease

She said:  ‘My dad was 76 and did have underlying health conditions he contracted the virus and within a few days of being informed about that he passed away. 

‘I was one of the lucky ones I got to see him before he died and under strict medical advice I was allowed in with a visor and uniform. They allowed me at one moment to hold his hand but I was wearing protective gloves and we couldn’t have that flesh to flesh moment. 

‘It was obvious that his breathing was slowing… people are dying because they aren’t able to breathe and it’s an unnatural death because their bodies go at a time they don’t want to die.’ 

Devastating: The British star, best known for her role as Darcy in the Transformers franchise, revealed her dad Peter’s breathing gradually declined as the illness took its toll 

Sophia admitted the overwhelming impact coronavirus was having on British hospitals and overworked NHS staff was evident whenever she visited her father. 

She recalled: ‘Both for the patients and the people going into visit I had to wait for about half an hour while they found a uniform for me and there was this eerie silence in the ward. It was so frightening and you could tell everyone was on edge.’ 

The actress and her family are now going through the difficult process of arranging Peter’s funeral, but she admits the growing list of coronavirus related deaths means he may not get the service he deserves.

‘My dad’s funeral, we’re finding it very very hard to arrange that because there’s a back log at the moment,’ she said. ‘They’re shortening the period of the service. We get about five minutes and a limited number of close friends and relatives.’

Speaking out: Appearing from home quarantine on Good Morning Britain, the British star, best known for her role as Darcy in the Transformers franchise, revealed her dad Peter’s breathing gradually declined as the illness took its toll

Tragic: ‘My dad was 76 and did have underlying health conditions he contracted the virus and within a few days of being informed about that he passed away,’ she told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid

With the United Kingdom on lockdown and British residents told to adhere to strict social distancing measures until further notice, Sophia implored the general public to stay safe.

‘I want to reaffirm the absolute importance of social distancing and for people to take this seriously,’ she said. ‘A friend of mine who lives on the coast said that camper vans arriving and people treating this like a holiday because they’re kids aren’t at school. 

‘I think at the moment we really must be so wary of the elderly but hearing the news about young boys dying now, it’s just out of control and everyone has to think of all their fellow people, everyone you see in the street, if you see an elderly person don’t just be two meters cross over.

‘And listen to the medical advice, listen to the government’s advice – we have to take this seriously.’  

Serious: With the United Kingdom on lockdown and British residents told to adhere to strict social distancing measures until further notice, Sophia implored the general public to stay safe

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