Dancehall artiste Benzly Hype says uncle died from coronavirus
Dancehall deejay Benzly Hype says he lost his uncle, Barry Morris, to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which is currently sweeping the globe. The artiste's uncle reportedly passed away from complications associated with the disease on Sunday in the United Kingdom.
“He was in his 60s and I know he was having breathing issues and was taken to the hospital. He had been there for about a week but I thought he was getting better. I was shocked when I got the call from my dad that he had coronavirus. I know he was a smoker but I am not aware of him having any underlying issues … it is really sad and unfortunate,” Benzly Hype, whose real name is Ainsley Morris, said.
The UK's death toll from COVID-19 is now 1,789, according to official figures. Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours. Some 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Benzly Hype is urging Jamaicans to adhere to the stay-at-home protocols enacted by the local government to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 disease which has already claimed one life in the island. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has confirmed 36 cases of the COVID-19 so far.
“I want to encourage everyone to just lock in and ride out this and remember we don’t know the full extent of this virus as yet because every week we learn something new so we have to be extra careful. I am really worried about Jamaica because some of us lack discipline and we need this now more than ever. We just have to follow the prevention tips,” he said.
Benzly Hype is known for his exploits with the Innocent Kru as a deejay, and his work as an actor and producer on the popular 'Me and Mi Kru' series that aired on Jamaican TV.
The artiste, who is currently in Toronto, Canada, has been sequestered in his home for the past two weeks as a means of protecting himself and others from contracting the coronavirus.