an anti-vaxxer who said he was ‘glad’ to catch COVID has died from COVID

an anti-vaxxer who filmed himself downplaying Covid-19 before posting it on Facebook has died of the virus., the Evening Standard reports.

Leslie Lawrenson, 58, died in home in Bournemouth, Dorset, just nine days after he published a video on facebook where he said his COVID symptoms were no worse than a cold and it was “nothing to be afraid of.”

Leslie Lawrenson, reportedly had no underlying health conditions, had previously refused to take up the vaccine because he felt he “did not need it.”

Leslie Lawrenson/Facebook

his partner Amanda Mitchell says, “I feel incredibly foolish. Les died unnecessarily.”

“Les made a terrible mistake and he’s paid the ultimate price for that,” she said. “It was a daily thing that he said to us: ‘You don’t need to have it, you’ll be fine, just be careful.'”

“Les was highly educated… so if he told me something, I tended to believe it,” she added.

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