Two Filipino colleagues on a Welsh health board, including a nurse, died the same day from Covid-19.
The awards were paid to nurse Dominga David, 62, and theater assistant Allan Macalalad, 44, from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, who both died on 26 May.
“I know everyone who works with them will be sad now”
They join a growing list of more than 200 UK health and social care professionals who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. Watch Hours makes a memory page in memory of the nursing staff who died.
Ms David started working on the board more than 15 years ago after moving to southern Wales from the Philippines.
He worked in ward West 5 of University Hospital in Llandough and was described as “polite, kind and compassionate”.
After testing positive for Covid-19, Ms David was admitted to intensive care and later died.
A spokesman from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “Dominga was a nurse who joined Cardiff and Vale UHB in 2004, when she came to the UK from the Philippines to start her program to adapt to nurse.
“He has been an integral part of life in the West 5 ward of University Hospital in Llandough since 2004 and will be remembered as an exceptionally hard worker and a respectful, kind and compassionate person when associated with patients, family and colleagues.
“She is part of the ward family and is loved by everyone. She is survived by her daughter Renzie, to whom we send our compliments. ”
Ms David died the same day as her partner, Mr Macalalad, a theater assistant on the same health board who also contracted with Covid-19. Mr. Macalalad also has a Filipino heritage.
Executive nurse director Ruth Walker said: “It’s really heartbreaking to lose two partners the same week on Covid-19.
Allan and Dominga are both chosen members of our team here in Cardiff and Vale UHB and we miss them so much, and send our condolences to their respective families.
“I know that everyone who works with them will be sad right now and how much we miss these caring, kind and kind individuals.
“What we have in mind is with the Allan and Dominga teams at UHB, and their loved ones both here in the UK and the Philippines.”
Nurses ’unions and activists are concerned about the unequal death toll for black and ethnic minority (BME) workers.
The Filipino health and social care community is believed to be the hardest hit today.
A new Filipino support service is available by phone seven days a week between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on 0300 303 1115 or 24 hours by text by text on Frontline to 85258.