Tributes have been paid to a Croydon doctor who died after contracting coronavirus as a fundraising effort was launched to support his family.

Dr Krishan Arora worked as a GP in Croydon for 27 years and is thought to be the 50th NHS staff member to have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

He self-isolated in line with government advice after experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 coronavirus, sadly passing away on April 15, aged 57.

In response, a fundraiser was set up by Krishan’s close friends and family to help pay for a suitable memorial and support his widow and their children.

Colleague Dr Agnelo Fernandes said: “We are all greatly saddened by the death of Dr Krishan Arora. Krish was extremely well-liked and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Krish’s family, friends and close colleaguese. We will miss him.”

The GoFundMe page set up to help support his family going forward paid tribute to Krishan.

“He gave much of himself to help others in the community and saw patients till the end,” the authors wrote.

“We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this...Please stay safe, stay home and save lives,” they added.

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