A London eye doctor and Woolwich pastor who warned about the dangers of underestimating Covid-19 has died after contracting the virus.

Dr Paul Kasabele was a "much-loved" opthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS FT, based at the Croydon site, as well as a church pastor of over 30 years in south east London.

The trust said the 58-year-old was a "truly gifted and hard-working doctor', but died after fighting coronavirus for over a month in hospital.

They said he was a "truly gifted and hard-working doctor" who had worked at its Croydon Hospital site for a decade, "providing an exceptional level of care thanks to his warm, reassuring and generous nature."

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Kabasele was also said to "work tirelessly" to improve the eye health of people in his home country.

Aside from his work in the NHS, Dr Kabasele was a church pastor for more than 30 years and regularly gave sermons for the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly in Woolwich.

In an online video filmed before his illness, Dr Kabasele urged the church's followers to take the virus seriously and not put others' "lives in danger."

Rock of Ages said it was supporting the doctor's family after his death, adding: "We have lost a great role model and a father but we are rejoicing for he has played his part and now in peace with our lord Jesus Christ."

One follower responded: "Dr Paul was a pastor full of humility. I miss the mellow tone of his voice. He was a role model. May God help us follow his path."