The United Kingdom was marked on Tuesday by its heaviest death toll from the new coronavirus. In just 24 hours, 381 people with Covid-19 died, compared to 180 the day before. The spread of the "deeply shocking" pandemic has accelerated, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's right-hand man, Michael Gove, which brings the total death toll in the country to 1,789.
Among those missing is a 19-year-old young man, British authorities announced on Tuesday. A 13-year-old boy also died of Covid-19, a London hospital said on Tuesday evening.
"A doctor told him he was young and strong"
Luca Di Nicola, 19, an Italian who lived in London with his mother and stepfather, died on March 24. A post-mortem sample was taken and the results were sent to his family on Monday evening March 30. "My Luca has been tested positive," lamented the father of the victim to the Italian daily La Repubblica on Tuesday.
EXCLUSIVE @repubblica. "Very healthy" Italian teenager, 19, living in London, DIED WITH CORONAVIRUS after doctor told him "not to worry"
Luca Di Nicola was infected with Covid-19, British medical authorities have now confirmed to his family (ENG version) https://t.co/I9DuTlcSQ2
This young cook did not seem to have any other pathologies. "He was doing very well," his aunt told the Italian newspaper. A week before his death, he had become feverish and coughing. Then his condition deteriorated. But, "a general practitioner told him that he was young and strong, that he did not have to worry about this bad flu," said Luca's aunt.
On March 23, “Luca complained of chest pain. His mother noticed that his lips were purple and soon after he collapsed. ” Taken to North Middlesex Hospital in London, he died the next morning.
A fundraiser for the Ismail family
Until Tuesday evening, this 19-year-old patient was considered the youngest victim of Covid-19 across the Channel. But a few hours later, a spokesperson for the NHS Foundation at King's College Hospital in London announced that a 13-year-old boy had died after being tested positive. His name was Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab.
Family friend Mark Stephenson said the boy's mother and six siblings are now awaiting an autopsy, The Guardian said. “Ismail started to show symptoms and had trouble breathing. He was admitted to King's College Hospital, the family said. He was put on a ventilator then plunged into an artificial coma, but unfortunately died yesterday morning ( Editor's note: Monday ). To our knowledge, he had no underlying health problems. We are more than devastated. "
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London-based Madinah College, where Ismail's sister works, has created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for funeral expenses. "Unfortunately, he died without any family members nearby due to the highly infectious nature of Covid-19," it writes on this page. The call for donations has already raised more than £ 13,780 (nearly € 15,500).
Janazah Expenses for Ismail
Our beloved young brother Ismail, brother of our Qur'an Teacher, passed away this morning after being afflicted with the Covid-19. We are raising funds to cover his Janazah for the family
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