Father-of-eight, 41, fights for life in Covid coma after catching virus while waiting for his second jab – leaving his family ‘broken beyond words’ 

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  • Dad-of-eight battling for life in coma after catching coronavirus on October 19
  • James Grayson, 41, waits for his second vaccine before collapsing at home
  • Wife Becky, 40, says her health is deteriorating and says the family is ‘heartbroken’

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A father of eight is battling for his life in a coma after catching COVID, while he awaits his second vaccine.

James Grayson of Frimley, Surrey, tested positive for coronavirus on 19 October after a fall at home and was hospitalized.

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The 41-year-old, who was waiting to get his second jab after contracting the deadly virus, was placed in an induced coma by doctors after his health deteriorated rapidly.

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James Grayson, 41, of Frimley, Surrey, tested positive for coronavirus on 19 October after a fall at home and was hospitalized.

James (left) is fighting for his life in a coma after catching COVID, while he awaits his second vaccine.  His wife Becky (right) says the family is 'devastated'

James (left) is fighting for his life in a coma after catching COVID, while he awaits his second vaccine. His wife Becky (right) says the family is ‘devastated’

His 21-year-old daughter Ebony said: ‘We are all beyond words.’

‘He was really healthy, he used to go to the gym all the time’, she said.

talking to Mirror, she added: ‘We would never have thought that something like this could affect him so seriously.’

Carpenters and window fitters, who had no underlying health conditions, have suffered a number of complications, including a collapsed lung, pneumonia, sepsis and chest infections.

James suffered a stroke on 29 October and his wife Becky, 40, said his health was “deteriorating” but doctors were still struggling to keep him alive.

Writing on Facebook, she said: ‘Long story short. He is not doing well, unfortunately he is still declining.

‘But they’re not at the stage where they’re going to drop him.

‘Watching him struggle there, my big strong handsome husband was the worst! I don’t want it to get worse.’

James was transferred from his local hospital, Frimley Park in Surrey, to Guy and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where he is placed on one of five UK ECMO machines, which is an artificial lung or heart.

Ebony said the family set up a GoFundMe to adapt to their new way of living if James recovers.

Writing on GoFundMe, he said: ‘If my dad survived his life would be very different. He will need to lead an adapted life and he will find everyday life very difficult, it will take years for him to recover.

While he waited to get his second jab when he caught the deadly virus, doctors put him in a coma after his health rapidly deteriorated.  His wife holds her husband's hand while he is at Guy and St Thomas' Hospital in London (pictured)

While he waited to get his second jab when he caught the deadly virus, doctors put him in a coma after his health rapidly deteriorated. His wife holds her husband’s hand while he is at Guy and St Thomas’ Hospital in London (pictured)

James (left) and his wife Becky (right) pictured on their wedding day 12 years ago

James (left) and his wife Becky (right) pictured on their wedding day 12 years ago

‘The biggest sadness in all of this is that my dad has always been a very hardworking family man, starting work as soon as he was old enough – to support his family. He has been a wonderful father to eight of us kids!’

The news comes as Omicron, designated a ‘type of concern’ by the WHO, was found in Nottingham and Brentwood in Essex

boris johnson last night Isolation for all UK arrivals and mandatory masks in shops and trains to prevent the spread of the highly permeable new variant.

At a hastily held press conference in Downing Street, the prime minister painted a grim picture of the potential threat from the new ‘super-mutant’ strain – admitting that he could not guarantee that Christmas would go ahead as expected.

What do we know about the Omicron variant?

Scientists have said they are concerned about the version b.1.1.1.529, designated by the World Health Organization as Omicron, because it has about 30 different mutations – twice the amount present in the delta version. Mutations include features seen in all other variants, but also traits that have not been observed before.

UK scientists first became aware of the new strain on 23 November after samples from South Africa, Hong Kong and then Botswana were uploaded to a coronavirus tracking website.

On Friday, it was confirmed that cases had been identified in Israel and Belgium, but there are currently no known cases in the UK.

Professor Adam Finn, member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), told Good Morning Britain on Friday that sequencing is being done around the UK to determine if any cases have already been imported.

Work is also underway to see whether the new version is causing new infections in people who already have the coronavirus or the vaccine, or whether weakened immunity may play a role.

Professor James Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute in Oxford, said the new version would ‘almost certainly’ make the vaccines less effective, although they would still provide protection.

Pfizer/BioNTech, which has developed a vaccine against Covid-19, is already studying the potential of the new version to avoid vaccines.

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Mr Johnson reversed the unlocking as he extended travel restrictions, implemented day-two PCR testing for arrivals in the UK, and made facemasks mandatory in shops and on trains.

He announced that everyone arriving in the country must self-isolate until they get negative results from a gold-standard test – which can identify those carrying Omicron.

All contacts of people infected with the variant should stay at home for 10 days.

Along with medical and science chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, Mr Johnson also announced that facemasks would be mandatory on public transport and in shops – although struggling bars and restaurants would be spared for now.

But the government has yet to decide when most of the new restrictions will go into effect, despite the threat of an unusually new threat.

Mr Javid is expected to clarify the timeline over the next few days, with No 10 suggesting he will be introduced ‘next week’.

Earlier, Mr Javid said two cases of strain had been detected in Nottingham and Brentwood in Essex. Both are linked to a trip to southern Africa, the suspected origin of the mutation.

Infected individuals and all members of their families have been asked to self-isolate after the UK’s Health Protection Agency confirms sequencing.

It is the first time since last winter that restrictions have been tightened in England – although Scotland and Wales have previously responded by increasing infection rates.

The premier said the measures would be reviewed in three weeks, and in the meantime intensify the booster jab campaign.

The Welsh government and the Scottish government are reflecting on restrictions on international travel, and are warning they could extend even further.

The changes don’t go quite as far as the formal ‘Plan B’ outlined by the government over the summer, as Mr Johnson balked at rolling back work-from-home orders and introducing vaccine passports where possible.

But the PM refused to rule out the Christmas lockdown after it was warned by journalists that Omron is “significantly different” from other COVID variants and that it will “undermine the safety of our vaccines over time”.

He was only ready to provide a lukewarm commitment that the festive season would be ‘better’ than last year.

Sir Patrick also warned that the UK may need to face the prospect of further sanctions if the Omicron version is too permeable.

Graphs shown at a Downing Street press conference on Saturday showing the number of people who have been coerced

Graphs shown at a Downing Street press conference on Saturday showing the number of people who have been coerced

And Prof Whitty said the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization will now need to decide whether to extend the booster vaccine to adults aged 18 years, and whether to offer a second dose to children aged 12-15. who decided to receive it along with their families. First dose of vaccine.

Another 39,567 Covid cases were reported in the UK today – down 3.36 per cent from the 40,941 posted last Saturday – while the death toll within 28 days of testing positive for Covid fell by 12.7 per cent from 150 last week to 131.

The EU, the US and Canada all followed Britain’s move to impose travel restrictions on visitors to southern Africa ahead of the WHO, adding to the stress, also known as B.1.1. in its highest category.

Britain’s first two Omicron infections emerged as cases detected across Europe, with at least 61 new cases of Covid entering the Netherlands from South Africa this morning. The officials are currently sequencing the tests for the new version.

Another 39,567 Covid cases were reported in the UK today - down 3.36 per cent from the 40,941 posted last Saturday - while the death toll within 28 days of testing positive for Covid fell by 12.7 per cent from 150 last week to 131.

Another 39,567 Covid cases were reported in the UK today – down 3.36 per cent from the 40,941 posted last Saturday – while the death toll within 28 days of testing positive for Covid fell by 12.7 per cent from 150 last week to 131.

The first case of the variant in Europe was reported yesterday in Belgium – despite an unvaccinated woman who caught it while traveling to Turkey and Egypt. Germany and the Czech Republic both confirmed suspected cases today.

Preliminary sequencing from Germany suggests that a traveler from South Africa was carrying a virus with multiple mutations shared by Omicron. Officials await full sequencing later today. Australian officials – who have also banned travel to nine countries in the region – fear the variant has already entered the country.

US Chief Medical Officer Dr Anthony Fauci said he would “not be surprised” if the Omron Kovid variant is already in the US. His remarks came as President Joe Biden Slogans were raised for allowing flights from South Africa into the US before the travel ban began on Monday.

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