Youngest person killed by coronavirus in Britain is man aged just 41

A 41-year-old man who died from Covid-19 is believed to be the youngest victim in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began.

The number of people who have died after testing positive for the virus in Britain reached 233 today after 53 new deaths were confirmed.

All the 53 victims whose deaths were reported today had underlying health conditions and the eldest was 94, NHS England said.

Wales's death toll has risen to five, Scotland's now stands at seven and Northern Ireland's remains at one.

It comes as NHS staff have reported being left unable to buy food at the end of their shifts after panic buyers emptied supermarket shelves.

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NHS England national medical director Stephen Powis said it is unacceptable that there is no food left for key medical staff.

He made the comments after a critical care nurse in tears posted a video online after she was unable to find any food to buy when she finished working.

Mr Powis said: "Frankly we should all be ashamed that that has to happen. It is unacceptable. These are the very people we will all need to look after perhaps us or our loved ones in the weeks ahead.

"It is critical that by not stockpiling, by not selfishly shopping, that our health workers are able to get access to what they need too."

Environment Secretary George Eustice said there was no shortage of food in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic and the retail industry urged customers not to stockpile.

He said: "Be responsible when you shop and think of others.

"Buying more than you need means others may be left without. We all have a role to play in ensuring we all come through this together."

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said there was "plenty of food" in the supply chain.

She said: "The issue is around people and lorries, so getting that food right into the front line onto our shelves, which is why we've seen some shortages.

"There is a billion pounds' more food in people's houses than there was three weeks ago, so we should make sure we eat some of it."

Tens of thousands of restaurants, cafes and pubs across the country were closed this week in a bid to slow the spread of the disease.

Mr Powis said it was "absolutely crucial" that the entire country followed advice on reducing social contact.

He said: "This is all our problem and if we do it together, it will be an effective strategy.

"If you do it, you follow the advice, you will be saving somebody's life.

"This is the time in your lifetime whereby your action can save somebody's life. It is as simple and as stark as that."

Meanwhile, NHS England has announced it had struck a deal with the country's independent hospitals to provide thousands more staff and nurses to the public healthcare system.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said they were taking "immediate and exceptional action" to gear up to deal with an unprecedented global health threat.

He said: "The NHS is doing everything in its power to expand treatment capacity, and is working with partners right across the country to do so."

The number of coronavirus cases globally has risen over 298,000, with more than 12,000 deaths reported.

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