Coronavirus: 13-year-old boy dies, says London hospital trust

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A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died, King’s College Hospital Trust in London said.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton in south London, died in hospital early on Monday. He is thought to be the youngest person to have died with the virus in the UK.

A spokesman for the trust said the boy’s death had been referred to the coroner but gave no further details.

As of 17:00 BST on Monday, the number of UK deaths was 1,789.

The latest figures saw a daily increase of 381 – the biggest rise so far.

Ismail’s family said they were “beyond devastated” by his death, according to a statement released by a family friend.

They said he had no apparent underlying health conditions and tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day after he was admitted to King’s College Hospital.

“Ismail started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to King’s College Hospital,” the family said.

“He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning. To our knowledge he had no underlying health conditions. We are beyond devastated.”

Mark Stephenson, college director at the Madinah College where Ismail’s sister works, has set up a fundraiser to raise money for the funeral costs.

A statement on the page said Ismail died “without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid 19”.

Earlier, NHS England said that a 19-year-old had died after testing positive for the virus. At that stage, the teenager was believed to be England’s youngest death linked to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove described the latest rise in UK deaths as “deeply shocking” during the government’s daily briefing.

“Now is absolutely not the time for people to imagine there can be any relaxation or slackening” of lockdown measures, he said.