Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab Boy, 13, becomes youngest UK coronavirus victim

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The family of a 13-year-old boy who became UK's youngest coronavirus victim have hailed a "loving son with a heartwarming smile".

Devastated relatives of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab also urged people to "stay reception the maximum amount as they possibly can, to guard the NHS and save lives".

Schoolboy Ismail became the UK's youngest coronavirus victim when it had been announced yesterday he had died with none relations accessible thanks to the highly infectious nature of Covid-19.

The teenager from Brixton, London, had no underlying health conditions but died at Kings College Hospital on Monday morning after being put into an induced coma.

His family, during a statement issued through GoFundMe, said: "We are heartbroken as a family thanks to the devastation caused by the coronavirus because it becomes too real for us as a family and community.

"Ismail was a loving son, brother, nephew to our family and a lover to several people that knew him. His smile was heart-warming and he was always gentle and type ."

They went on: "As a family, we've decided to not release Ismail's picture at this juncture as we are concerned where it's going to find yourself and the way this may impact us upon seeing it.

"We as a family are still trying to return to terms with the overtime of Ismail. He leaves behind six siblings who are completely devastated and this has been made harder not having the ability to be with Ismail while he was within the hospital."

The family added: "Covid-19 may be a virus that's attacking all members of our society, not just older people or those with pre-existing conditions.

"So please do everything you'll to make sure that we adhere to social distancing; that folks occupy home the maximum amount as they possibly can, to guard the NHS and save lives."

The family's statement comes because the UK death's toll rises by a record 563 within the past 24 hours to a complete of two ,352.

Yesterday the family of another teenager who died from coronavirus said their son also had no underlying health conditions.
Luca Di Nicola, 19, was told by doctors 'not to worry about coronavirus'

Luca Di Nicola was a 'healthy' 19-year-old chef who had been living in north London and dealing at mum Clarissa's Italian restaurant in Enfield.

NHS England yesterday afternoon announced that a 19-year-old was among 28 patients to possess been killed despite having no pre-existing health problems.

It was understood to be Luca.

A 12-year-old girl is believed to be the youngest person to die in Europe after contracting coronavirus.

The girl, who died at a hospital in Belgium, is among the youngest victims within the world.

His voice trembling, distraught spokesman for Belgium's government Emmanuel Andre announced the girl's death, telling reporters "it is an emotionally difficult moment because it involves a child".

Mr Andre said medics were left deeply upset when the girl lost her fight for all times on Monday.

He was visibly upset while delivering the devastating news then left the news conference , leaving a colleague to continue, Belgian media reported.

Mr Andre said: "It is clearly an emotionally difficult moment because it involves a toddler .

"It has also upset the medical and scientific communities.

"We are thinking of her family and friends. it's an occasion that's very rare, but one which upsets us greatly."

Virologist Steven van Gucht said the girl's condition deteriorated after three days of fever.

He said: "Yesterday, a 12-year-old girl gave up the ghost . She tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The child suddenly deteriorated after three days of fever."

England’s deputy chief medic Jenny Harries said the deaths of children , including a 19-year-old with no underlying conditions, underlined the necessity for everybody to follow social distancing rules.
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“I’m sure that has come as an enormous shock to their families,” she said.

“Although what we all know about this disease is that, generally , younger people aren't having significant severe illness, it's the case, very sadly... that children can still be affected.”

She said that younger people “tend to not consider death” then it's “quite easy perhaps to not consider yourself as a part of the danger , or a part of the affected group”.

“They are really sad reminders that it doesn’t matter what age you're , you ought to be staying reception and observing all the social distancing measures we've highlighted.

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