Coronavirus | 13-year-old boy from the United Kingdom dies

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

"Ismail started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to King's College Hospital", the family said in a statement.

"May Allah grant the family patience through this hard time and make it a means of drawing closer to Him".

Mark Stephenson, director at the Madinah College in Brixton, said the youngster wasn't with family when he died, due to fears of transmission.

"As of 5 pm on 30 March, of those hospitalised in the United Kingdom, 1,789 have sadly died", the health ministry said on its Twitter page - up from 1,408 on Monday.

The boy's family said they were "beyond devastated" and would not be releasing any photos of him.

The appeal, which set out to raise £4,000, has already raised £30,258 at the time of writing.

A 13-year-old London schoolboy is thought to have become Britain's youngest coronavirus victim.

Madinah College said it was "overwhelmed" with the "instant support" and tweeted "may Allah accept and love you all".

"The death has been referred to the coroner and no further comment will be made". It said that its "thoughts and condolences" were with the boy's family.

His dad Mirko Di Nicolahas told La Repubblica newspaper he has since received a letter from North Middlesex Hospital confirming his son had tested positive for the killer virus.

Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.

The latest figures come after global health leaders warned that young people are "not invincible" to the virus.

King's College Hospital in Camberwell, south London, said in a statement Tuesday that the teenager, who tested positive for Covid-19, had died.

Addressing the daily Downing Street press conference, Dr Harries said: "Although what we know about this disease is that, in general, younger people are not having significant severe illness, it is the case, very sadly... that young people can still be affected".

She added: "They are really sad reminders that it doesn't matter what age you are, you should be staying at home and observing all the social distancing measures we have highlighted".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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