BBC – Twin sisters have died within three days of each other after testing positive for coronavirus.

Children’s nurse Katy Davis, 37, died at Southampton General Hospital on Tuesday.

Identical twin Emma, herself a former nurse, died at the same hospital early on Friday.

Their sister, Zoe, said: “They always said they had come into the world together and would go out together as well.”

She said the “amazing” pair, who lived together, had other health conditions and had been unwell for some time.

“There are no words to describe how special they were,” she said.

“All they ever wanted to do was to help other people. Ever since they were young…they’d pretend they were doctors and nurses caring for their dolls.

“They gave their everything to all the patients they looked after. They were exceptional.”

“It doesn’t feel like any of this is real.”

Katy, who worked at Southampton Children’s Hospital, tested positive for Covid-19 on admission to hospital and died on Tuesday evening.

Paula Head, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Katy has been described by her colleagues… as a nurse people would aspire to be like and that nursing was more than just a job to her.

“On behalf of everyone here… including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family.”

The Royal College of Nursing said: “She’s been described as a dedicated and selfless nurse who had time for everyone sharing her skills and knowledge to ensure excellent patient care.”