An 84-year-old man has become the first British prisoner to die after testing positive for Covid-19.

He was an inmate at HMP Littlehey, a category C male sex offenders' prison in Cambridgeshire.

He died in hospital on Sunday and it was reported that he had underlying health issues.

The inmate has been named by sources as convicted paedophile Edwin Hillier, from Hertfordshire, who was jailed at St Albans Crown Court in 2016.

"An 84-year-old prisoner at HMP Littlehey died in hospital on March 22. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

Prison Service spokesman

So far, 19 inmates have tested positive for Covid-19 across ten UK prisons. Also, Four prison staff tested positive for the virus.

Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care says robust contingency plans have been put in place.

They say prisons are 'well prepared' to take immediate action wherever there are cases or suspected cases of coronavirus.

These will include isolating individuals where necessary.