Five-year-old child becomes Britain’s youngest coronavirus victim

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A five-year-old child with underlying health conditions has become the youngest victim of coronavirus in Britain, health officials have confirmed.

NHS England said the child was among 637 Covid-19 patients who died until 5 p.m. Friday, the oldest of whom was 104.

Of these new deaths, 40 patients aged 48 to 93 had no underlying medical problems.

It comes after a 13-year-old boy from Brixton, south London, died this week at King’s College Hospital after contracting the virus.

Her family was unable to attend her funeral after her siblings developed symptoms.

Most of the latest deaths have been concentrated in the Midlands – 212 – compared to 127 in London and 17 in the south-west.

Britain recorded 708 new deaths on Friday, a record daily increase bringing the total to 4,313 since the start of the pandemic, but the increase in confirmed infections has narrowed from 3,735 to 41,903.

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