A FIT and healthy tech boss watched in agony as two coronavirus patients died in front of his eyes while he fought for his life in hospital after catching the deadly bug.
Jozef Wallis, 40, began feeling ill after a night out near London Bridge station around two weeks ago.
He tried to fight the virus at home to ease pressure on the NHS but was rushed to hospital after developing an uncontrollable cough which left him gasping for air.
The dad-of-two’s health deteriorated and he was left in intensive care at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
Jozef said he saw patients in the beds next to him lose their fights for survival and urged others to listen to the Government’s pleas to stay at home.
He told Mail Online: “Two patients on my ward died before my eyes.
“One old man had to have assisted breathing and then I didn’t see him again. A nurse told me he had died.
“Another man was rushed into intensive care but he didn’t make it.
“He was old and had other medical conditions but he was someone’s granddad, someone’s dad, someone’s husband. He will be missed.
“We’ve all got to take this more seriously. You can’t have a party and you can’t meet up with friends. Otherwise more people will die.”
Jozef, from Rotherhithe, South East London, was discharged on Monday after spending five days in hospital.
He is now in isolation at home with wife Emma and daughters Tatiana, 8, and Anastasia, 6.
The entrepreneur added his business is now facing ruin because of the coronavirus crisis.
He also praised NHS staff who treated him on a six-bed ward for coronavirus victims, saying: “I want to thank them hugely. They are utterly heroic. We should be very proud of our NHS.”
A total of 422 people had died across the UK as of 9am yesterday after becoming infected with COVID-19.
More than 8,000 people have officially tested positive for the virus but the true figure is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.
London and the South East of England have been the areas worst-hit by the outbreak, with the capital facing death rates even worse than Italy.
The crisis has seen Prime Minister Boris Johnson order a three-week lockdown across the UK to stop the spread of the virus.
All pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops have been ordered to close.
Brits – except for key workers in areas such as the NHS and policing – have also been told to stay indoors except for food shopping and one session of exercise a day.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night announced a recruitment drive for 250,000 Good Samaritans to help drop off shopping and vital medication to 1.5 million patients asked to “shield” at home for the next 12 weeks.
He announced London’s ExCeL centre will be converted into a new NHS hospital and 11,788 recently retired NHS staff will to the front line to help tackle coronavirus.
The global death toll from the deadly bug has already hit more than 18,000 across the globe.