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Coronavirus: Mother of five dies after contracting COVID-19 on trip to Pakistan | UK News



A mother of five who was a respected councillor has died after contracting coronavirus during a trip to Pakistan.

Shabnum Sadiq, who served on Slough Borough Council, died after suffering “complications” from COVID-19 on 6 April.

The 39-year-old leaves behind her husband and five children including 13-year-old quadruplets.

The local authority was flying flags at half-mast at the council offices in tribute, a spokesman said.

Mrs Sadiq was elected to Wexham Lea ward in May 2016 and served on various council committees.

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She was a former lead member for education and children’s services.

Council leader James Swindlehurst said: “This is very shocking for all of us and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Shabnum was a dedicated councillor and despite only being in her first term, she had made a contribution far beyond the years she’d spent in the council chamber.

“We worked together closely and personally I will miss her very deeply.

“This is a significant loss for the council and the town, but is nothing compared to the loss her family, close friends and community are feeling right now.

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“This has brought home to us that not only is this virus something we have to deal with as a town, but also personally; through our work, through our actions and through our grief for those it has taken.

“Behind every statistic about this virus is a family ripped apart and there is no starker example of that, to us in the council, than to lose one our colleagues.

“May she rest in peace and her family find comfort in the love she had for them all.”

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