COVID-19: death of a teenager of 13 years in the United Kingdom

COVID-19: décès d’un adolescent de 13 ans au Royaume-Uni

LONDON | A british teenager of 13 years died on Monday after having been tested positive to the new coronavirus, announced on Tuesday that the hospital where he died and his family claimed that he was not suffering from any underlying pathology.

He is the youngest victim of the COVID-19 known in the United Kingdom. The youngest victim recorded in a european country is a teenager of 12 years, died in Belgium.

The young boy died Monday, after having been tested positive Covid-19 Friday, the day after his admission to King’s College Hospital in London, according to a press release of his family, “more than devastated” by the tragedy.

“Unfortunately, a 13 year old boy tested positive to the COVID-19 died,” said a spokesman for the hospital, sending the condolences of the institution of the family.

According to his family, the boy named Ismail “began to show symptoms and breathing difficulties and was admitted to King’s College Hospital”.

“He has been placed under respiratory assistance, and plunged into a medically induced coma and died unfortunately yesterday (Monday) morning. To our knowledge he had no health problems underlying,” said his family.

If “we know that it is less likely for children to suffer from severe forms of the COVID-19 compared to adults, this case highlights how important it is that we take all possible precautions to reduce the spread of infection,” responded Dr. Nathalie MacDermott, a teacher at King’s College.

“It is important that a pathologist determines whether a post-mortem examination is necessary to determine the exact cause of death,” she pointed out.

It is, according to her “essential to undertake research to determine why some deaths occur outside of the groups likely to succumb to infection”, the elderly or people with pre-existing health problems, because there may be a “genetic susceptibility underlying the way in which the immune system interacts with the virus.”

The United Kingdom deplored the fact Tuesday, 381 people dead in a day, a figure that is unprecedented since the beginning of the epidemic, which has 1789 deaths in the country.

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