Youngest UK coronavirus victim confirmed as Britain’s death toll rises to 35

The deadly coronavirus epidemic has claimed its youngest victim in Britain as tributes poured in for the tragic man.

Nick Matthews, 59, died at 3am this morning after being rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary with the virus.

He is believed to have suffered from underlying health conditions.

His heartbroken wife Mary paid tribute to her “soulmate” on Facebook.

She wrote: “Today at 3am I lost my life partner and soulmate but most of all my best friend.

“Charlotte, Ben and I are beyond proud to have had such a big character in our lives.

“As a family we are still currently in isolation until the coronavirus test results come back.

”Someone will post again when we have more information.

“In the meantime, I know some of you would like to visit, but please for you and your families safety, stay away until we get the all-clear.”

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A spokesman for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said: "Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.

"The patient who died was in his late-50s and had underlying health conditions.

"The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family's privacy."

It comes as the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK leapt to 35, as the total number of cases hit 1,372.

Officials at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) posted the update on social media at about 3.40pm.

A spokesman tweeted: “Update on coronavirus (COVID19) testing in the UK: As of 9am on 15 March, a total of 40,279 have been tested.

“38,907 negative and 1,372 positive.”

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