Coronavirus: Patient thought to be youngest victim dies as death toll rises to 71

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
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FILE In this Dec. 12, 2010 file photo of the NHS Logo. The British Red Cross says overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms has become a "humanitarian crisis." The charity says it has dispatched volunteers to help patients go home and free up hospital beds. It claims cuts to social-care funding by the Conservative government mean some patients can't be discharged because there is no support available, putting pressure on hospitals. Government supporters say the Red Cross is exaggerating the scale of the problem. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP, File)
The country’s total confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 1,950 (PA)

A patient believed to be the youngest person to die after testing positive for coronavirus was aged 45.

Another 14 people have died in England after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the UK’s total deaths to 71.

In England, the total amount who died after testing positive stands at 67.

NHS England said on Tuesday: “Patients were aged between 93 and 45 years old and had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed.”

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The 45-year-old patient’s death comes after tributes were left to former police officer Nick Matthews, who reportedly died on Sunday aged 59.

He was believed to have been the youngest person to died after testing positive for coronavirus.

The country’s total confirmed cases stands at 1,950, the Department of Health said earlier. More than 50,000 people have been tested in the UK.

Boris Johnson has said the government will do “whatever it takes” to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak, as fears about its impact on businesses and jobs continue to grow.

“We must act like a wartime government and do whatever it takes to support our economy,” he told a Downing Street press conference.

“We support millions of businesses and tens of millions families and individuals through coming months.

“The government must and will act with a profound sense of urgency.”