The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after being tested positive for the coronavirus advocated for the public to follow social distancing rules to protect the NHS and save lives.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, of Brixton, south London, died in hospital on Monday.
Ismail, who had no underlying health issues, has been described as a “sweet and kind” boy.
He tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, his family said.
“We are all praying during this difficult time for everyone affected by this Covid-19 virus and we wish everyone a speedy recovery,” the Ismail family said in a statement.
“We also wanted to reiterate the need for people to listen to government advice.
“So please do everything you can to make sure we respect social distance; keep people at home as much as they can, to protect the NHS and save lives. “
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Ismail’s death has been confirmed by the NHS, which said he was among the patients with no known underlying medical condition who died after being tested positive for Covid-19.
It is understood that he died after a cardiac arrest.
Family friend Mark Stephenson, who spoke on behalf of the boy’s mother and six siblings, said there would be no post-mortem exam.
On Tuesday, Dr Nathalie MacDermott, clinical professor at King’s College London, said that the death of Ismail “underscores the importance for all of us to take the precautions we can to reduce the spread of infections in the UK and in the world “.
“While the underlying chronic medical conditions are known to lead to worse outcomes in Covid-19 infection, we have heard of cases of younger people with no known medical problems succumbing to the disease,” he said. she declared.
“It is essential that we undertake research to determine why a proportion of deaths occur outside the groups likely to succumb to the infection, because it can indicate an underlying genetic sensitivity of the way the immune system interacts with the virus. . “