The deputy British ambassador to Hungary has died after contracting coronavirus.

Scot Steven Dick, 37, passed away on Tuesday in Hungary after testing positive for the Covid-19 disease.

He had served as Deputy British Ambassador to Hungary since December.

His parents Steven and Carol Dick said: "Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew. He was kind, funny and generous.

"We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time."

The Foreign Office said staff were "deeply saddened" by the death.

His boss, the head of mission, Iain Lindsay, who worked with Mr Dick since last October said: “As our fellow Scot Robert Burns, whose works we had recently recited together wrote, ‘Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, Few heads with knowledge so inform’d'.  We will miss him so much.”

The UK ambassador to Hungary added: "Steven was a dear colleague and friend who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival last October with his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian."

Mr Dick's death brought the number of coronavirus fatalities in Hungary to 10, according to the Hungarian government’s official tally published earlier in the day, which said only that a British national had died as a result of the virus.

He started his career in 2005 with the Bank of Scotland as a Graduate Trainee, where he spent three years, before moving on to the Migration Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He then took a year out to learn Arabic, before being based at the British Embassy at Riyadh.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "I am desperately saddened by the news of Steven's death and my heart goes out to his parents Steven and Carol.

"Steven was a dedicated diplomat and represented his country with great skill and passion. He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him."

Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO Sir Simon McDonald said: “This is simply shattering news. I knew Steven personally and he was an exemplary officer and a lovely man.

“He was just starting out on what was sure to be an outstanding career and his friends around the world and across the FCO will miss him sorely. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Hungarian embassy in London said: "We are saddened beyond belief by the news of the death of our respected and cherished colleague, deputy head of mission of the UK in Hungary, Steve Dick.

"Our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues both at the embassy and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is with a truly heavy heart that we say goodbye to him since Steve has been an excellent colleague and a good friend as well. May he rest in peace."