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Kirklees councillor says both his parents hospitalised with Coronavirus

Aafaq Butt represents Labour in Heckmondwike

People continuing to ignore social distancing have been urged to “think twice” by a man whose parents are currently in hospital with Covid-19.

Aafaq Butt, a Labour member on Kirklees Council, thanked those who had offered support during what he described as “this testing time”.

But he had a stark and heartfelt message for anyone tempted to carry on as normal in defiance of lockdown restrictions.

Posting in the Heckmondwike Matters Group on Facebook Clr Butt, who was elected to represent Heckmondwike last year, wrote: “If people think that it’s fine to flout the rules and ignore Government advice, then maybe if you could see the helplessness, the fear, worry and the feelings of potentially losing loved ones then maybe you will think twice.

“Please don’t put yourselves and your loved ones at risk.

“Your going out with friends, or visiting relatives may end up with someone in intensive care fighting for every breath with no treatment available.”

He added that he would be stepping away from ward duties “as my family tries to get through this together”.

He added: “I’m sorry I can’t reply to messages at the moment but I really appreciate everyone’s thoughts as my family goes through this testing time.”

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