A father-of-two became the UK’s youngest victim to die after testing positive for Coronavirus

The death toll in Britain rises to 71 and warnings that 55,000 people may have the deadly bug.

Health authorities confirmed a shocking 14 more deaths in England over the past 24 hours, with Scotland and Wales also recording two more tragic fatalities.

The UK’s youngest coronavirus victim was named as 45-year-old Craig Ruston, from Kettering, Northants.

The “amazing” father-of-two, had motor neurone disease, succumbed to the killer bug in hospital on Tuesday 17 March.

Craig’s wife Sally broke news of the death on her husband’s Facebook page ‘Me and my MND’.

She said: “My amazing Craig passed away yesterday morning at 6.20am. We are truly heartbroken.

“Craig’s chest infection was confirmed as Covid-19.”

Among the other coronavirus victims was a 93-year-old. All had underlying health conditions.

Coronavirus cases exploded by 407 to 1,950 a chilling 26 per cent jump in what is the biggest daily increase yet.

It comes as the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance issued a stark warning that 55,000 may be infected.



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