Coronavirus: Choking man pleads with the public to take it seriously

A British man claiming to have developed Covid-19 has shared a harrowing video message urging the public to self-isolate.

Justin Williams, 49, filmed himself in a state of fever in the early hours of Monday morning in order to spread awareness of the killer effects of the virus.

Battling a choking coughing fit while cupping his mouth, with sweat rolling down his head, he urged people to listen to the UK Government's advice to self-isolate at home.

He said: "I am in the early hours of day five and the f**king fever is back again.

"I have been in a waking dream. I have been awake since one o'clock so three hours but I don't know what to do with myself.

"I want you to understand this, because if your whole family comes down with it there will be no one looking after your kids.

"If you business comes down with it at the same time you are all off you are closed take it seriously.

Sharing the 4.5 minute-long clip on Facebook he stressed he was healthy man who swam everyday, adding that he has no idea where he picked up the virus, which causes severe respiratory symptoms.

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"I am 49, healthy, I swim everyday. I have good lungs," he said. "I go walking fairly solitary, in work there are not many of us, so I don't know where I got this."

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He added: "You are going to take it home and you are not gong to know where you got it.

"Listen to what they are telling you. Get off the streets they're buggered.

"I can only say start listening to what you have been told, stay out of groups. Take care of yourselves."

The main symtoms of COVID-19 are a new, continuous cough and a high temperature.

COVID-19 the illness that can affect your lungs and airways, caused by the coronavirus.

For many the symptoms will be mild, but for others it could prove fatal if pneumonia sets in.

People with symptoms are told to stay home for seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

Over 83,945 people in the UK have been tested and 6,650 were confirmed positive.

As of 1pm on Monday, 335 patients in the UK who tested positive have died.

Emergency legislation to respond to the coronavirus outbreak has cleared its first Commons hurdle, with MPs giving the Coronavirus Bill an unopposed second reading.

Once passed it will give the government stronger powers to enforce people to stay at home to try and stop the virus from spreading further.

Worldwide, one billion people have been told to stay at home because of the pandemic.

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