A man has beaten the coronavirus lockdown at his elderly father’s care home in a touching moment that has gone viral.
A picture of the two chatting on the phone while separated by the US facility’s window has been shared more than 700,000 times after being posted online by a member of staff.
Care worker Sandy Hamiliton was on shift when she witnessed the moment between the father who lives at the home in Minnesota and his son, who visits every day.
The elderly man is seen sitting in an armchair inside his room while his son sits outside the window – as they spoke on the phone to one another.
She posted it to Facebook, saying: “My assisted living is on lockdown so he comes every day to see his dad and they talk through the phone, sweetest thing ever.”
Sandy said she got consent to share the photo on social media, which has also been liked more than 120,000 times and commented on 17,000 times.
Social media user Elizabeth Espinosa wrote: “Just beautiful!!! What a good son! example to all. Pure Love.”
Lisa Davenport called it “memories that can never be taken away from you. Precious! Love this!”
Kortni Evans described it as “the best thing I ever saw in my life… awww seriously tearing up I’m pathetic.”
The number of US cases has risen to nearly 4,500, with at least 82 deaths.
Overnight, US president Donald Trump urged people to avoid gatherings of more than 10, as he struck a sombre note in his latest televised news conference.
In other coronavirus developments:
- Globally more than 182,000 are infected and over 7,000 have died
- 55 people in the UK have died after contracting COVID-19
- French President Emmanuel Macron has announced Europe’s borders will close at lunchtime for 30 days
- Virgin Atlantic has asked staff to take unpaid leave for eight weeks due to the pandemic
- Actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for COVID-19