SELFISH ghouls are trying to cash in on a tragic coronavirus death with a FAKE fundraising page for the killer bug's youngest victim, it can be revealed.
Retired detective constable Nick Matthews, 59, died after testing positive for the deadly bug.
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It's feared the caught the virus after flying to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands last month to celebrate his birthday.
Nick, who had underlying health issues, fell ill soon after he and wife Mary returned and died early on Saturday.
And grieving Mary today was forced to warn well-wishing friends and family about sick ghouls trying to cash in on the tragedy.
She wrote on social media: "Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their lovely messages and support following the death of Nick.
"However some low life has set up a fake profile in my name and set up a Nick Matthews go get funding page. This is not me!
"Please do not send any money."
Friends and family reacted in horror at the claims, with one writing on Facebook: "So sorry for your loss and horrified to hear of this fake profile. Why can't people just be nice and work together for the common good."
Another added: "I can't believe someone would do this!"
The news comes as the death toll for coronavirus today reached 37, with more than 1,500 cases in the UK.
Yesterday cases across the UK increased from 1,140 to 1,391 in less than a day.
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It comes as the government is preparing to ramp up its efforts in tackling the virus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people aged 70 will have to self-isolate for up to four months.
Pressed on when the measure will be introduced, he said: "Certainly in the coming weeks, absolutely.
"The measures that we're taking, the measures that we're looking at taking, are very, very significant and they will disrupt the ordinary lives of almost everybody in the country in order to tackle this virus."
He also confirmed that ministers were seeking to give police powers to arrest and forcibly quarantine people who are sick with the virus but are not self-isolating.
He said: "We are going to take the powers to make sure that we can quarantine people if they are a risk to public health, yes, and that's important.
"I doubt that actually we will need to use it much, because people have been very responsible."
Meanwhile, Costco shoppers were filmed fighting as they queued outside the supermarket as Brits panic buy.
One man could be heard yelling "what's wrong with you" as the fight broke out in the line in Lakeside in Essex.
The Government and food bosses have called for an end to panic buying — but manic hoarders again laid siege to shops.
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