A 13-YEAR-OLD "healthy" boy has died in hospital from coronavirus – becoming the UK's youngest victim of the pandemic.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton, South West London, was rushed to King's College Hospital in London after suffering breathing difficulties.
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A hospital spokesman confirmed this evening: "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.”
A family spokesman said he was later put into an induced coma, but tragically died alone yesterday morning – adding they were unaware of any underlying health conditions.
A statement released on GoFund Me said: "Ismail started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to Kings College Hospital.
"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, director at the Madinah College in Brixton, said the youngster wasn't with family when he died, due to fears of transmission.
He has launched the page to raise funds for the teen's funeral, as Ismail's sister is said to be a teacher at the school.
He said: "Ismail was tested positive for covid19.
"They have not released the body yet, as the coroner wants to do an autopsy – I'm assuming due to his young age and not having underlying conditions."
By 8.30pm this evening, more than £9,000 had been raised – smashing the initial £4,000 target to help with funeral costs.
It also revealed the family recently tragically lost Ismail's father to cancer.
It comes after a heartbroken dad paid tribute to his "very healthy" 19-year-old son after he died from coronavirus at a London hospital.
Luca Di Nicola, originally from Italy but living in North London, is one of the UK's youngest Covid-19 victim with no underlying health conditions.
The teenager had visited his GP with coronavirus symptoms last week but was reportedly given paracetamol and told he had "nothing to worry about".
But his condition worsened and he was rushed to North Middlesex Hospital after his lips "turned purple" and he collapsed.
The teen passed away the next day on March 24.
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.
It comes as the UK coronavirus death rate doubled today as 381 people died in 24 hours.
The latest figures from the Department of Health reveal 381 people have died in 24 hours after a rise of 180 deaths in the same time period yesterday.
In England, the NHS today confirmed the death rate had also more than doubled from 159 yesterday to 367 today in the biggest 24-hour leap so far.
The latest victims were aged between 19 and 98 – with 28 having no previous medical conditions – bringing the total death toll in the country to 1,651.
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