Coronavirus: Thirteen-year-old boy with no underlying health conditions becomes youngest in UK to die of Covid-19

A 13-year-old boy from London has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 9:26 pm

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab – who had no apparent underlying health conditions – has become the youngest person in the UK to die from Covid-19.

The schoolboy from Brixton, south London, died in hospital in the early hours of Monday, March 30, his family has said.

He had tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, March 27 - a day after he was admitted to King's College Hospital.

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A 13-year-old boy has become the youngest person to die of Covid-19.

Family friend Mark Stephenson said the boy's mother and six siblings are now awaiting the results of a postmortem.

A spokesman for King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 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.

"The death has been referred to the coroner and no further comment will be made."

Ismail's family said they were "beyond devastated" by his death, in a statement released through Mr Stephenson.

"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."

Ismail was not able to have his family by his side as he passed away due to the risk of spreading the virus.

Mr Stephenson, college director at the Madinah College where Ismail's sister works, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs.

The page says: "Sadly he died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid-19."

As of Tuesday, March 31 there are now 25,150 confirmed cases of the virus across the UK and 1,789 people have died.

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