THE family of a nursing assistant who died after contracting coronavirus have described him as a "beloved husband and amazing father".

Ruben Munoz, a father of two and healthcare worker at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust (SASH), died on Friday, the trust said.

His family said in a statement: "Ruben is a good son, a beloved husband and an amazing father to his two children.

"He was so proud of his NHS and Woodland Ward family."

Michael Wilson, chief executive of SASH, said the death of Mr Munoz had caused "deep sadness" among his colleagues.

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He said: "Ruben was a highly respected and talented nursing assistant who showed enormous dedication to caring for his patients every time he walked through our doors.

"He was also a much-loved friend to so many people across our hospital and our team are incredibly saddened by his passing.

"All of our thoughts are with Ruben's family and we have been in touch with them to express our profound sorrow and condolences."

Mr Munoz's friends have set up a fundraiser for his family -

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