The wife of a man thought to be the UK’s youngest coronavirus victim has paid tribute to her “soulmate” as she too was diagnosed with the disease.
Nick Matthews, 90, from Nailsea, Somerset , a former police officer , reportedly died at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the early hours of Saturday.
His wife, Mary, wrote on Facebook: “Today at 3am I lost my life partner and soul mate but most of all my best friend.
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“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. ”
She later added that the test had come back positive and urged those who had been in contact with the family to self-isolate and seek advice.
The couple had returned from a holiday in
Ms Matthews told the Nailsea People that her husband, who was disabled and unable to work, had previously suffered a heart attack. He had been taken into hospital with breathing difficulties on Thursday.
Mr Matthews was diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the intensive care unit after showing other signs for coronavirus.
“People who may have come into contact with either Nick or me during the past two weeks need to self-isolate and get advice.
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