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London boy, 13, is youngest UK virus victim

2020-04-01 HKT 04:43
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A 13-year-old boy from south London with no apparent underlying health conditions has died after testing positive for the new coronavirus. He is believed to be the youngest person in the UK to have died after contracting the Covid-19 disease.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab died early on Monday. He had tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day after he was admitted to King's College Hospital with coronavirus-related symptoms, his family said.

A spokesman for King's College Hospital said: “Sadly, a 13-year old boy who tested positive for Covid-19 has passed away, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.”

Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, said it “is the case very sadly that young people can still be affected” by the coronavirus.

A 12-year-old girl, whose death was confirmed earlier on Tuesday in Belgium, is thought to be Europe's youngest victim. (AP/AFP)