Funeral of UK’s youngest coronavirus victim, 13, held without immediate family as siblings develop symptoms – The Sun

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The funeral of the youngest 13-year-old coronavirus victims in the UK took place today without his broken-hearted family.

They could not attend the tragic service today because two of his siblings have now developed symptoms – people carrying his little coffin were wearing protective coveralls and masks to bury him.

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    The adolescent's coffin was carried by people wearing masks and protective suits5
The teenager’s coffin was carried by people wearing masks and protective suitsCredit: PA: Press Association
    The 13-year-old is the youngest British victim of the virus and was buried today5
The 13-year-old is the youngest British victim of the virus and was buried todayCredit: PA: Press Association
    Mourners stood apart from one another as they paid tribute to the young boy

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Mourners stood apart from one another as they paid tribute to the young boyCredit: PA: Press Association

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, of Brixton, in south-west London, died of the virus after being taken to hospital with difficulty breathing.

And a family friend said that two of the teen’s siblings had developed a temperature and lost their sense of taste.

Mark Stephenson said it meant that his mother and six siblings were forced to isolate themselves and could not attend his funeral in Brixton.

A ceremony was held this afternoon at the Muslim cemetery dedicated to the eternal gardens at Kemnal Park, Chislehurst – without his loved ones.

Family friends were able to join the service and mourn the boy, and they were photographed standing aside, stoic at the arrival of his coffin.

In a statement through GoFundMe, Mr. Stephenson said earlier, “Shaykh Sharif Zain will conduct the funeral and I will deliver a short speech for the Abdulwahab family and a few relatives and friends.

“We hope we can send a live stream of the funeral to her mother and siblings so they can be there remotely, but they are obviously devastated that they cannot be there in person. “

“It is extremely overwhelming for everyone involved, but they were very moved by the warmth and the very positive messages of support from people following their call. “

    13-year-old boy died at King's College Hospital, London
13-year-old boy died at King’s College Hospital in LondonCredit: EPA
    No member of the boy's family was able to attend the funeral because some developed symptoms5
No member of the boy’s family was able to attend the funeral because some developed symptomsCredit: PA: Press Association
    People respected distance guidelines when standing up to pay tribute to young victim

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People respected distance guidelines when standing up to pay tribute to young victimCredit: PA: Press Association

To date, more than £ 67,000 has been raised for the adolescent’s family after the tragedy.

Ismail died at Kings College Hospital on Monday morning without his mother and six siblings by his side due to the infectiousness of the disease.

Ismail, who had no apparent underlying medical condition, has been described by his family as a “sweet and kind” boy with a “comforting” smile.

He is one of 3,600 people killed by the virus in the UK so far.

More than 38,000 cases have been recorded across the country, while extreme lock-out measures have been put in place to try to stop the spread.

It occurs after a teenage boy from Portugal became the youngest victim of the coronavirus in Europe.

Vitor Godinho, 14, died tragically in a hospital near Porto in the early hours of Sunday morning after falling ill with the virus.

And a new analysis, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, has shown an increased risk of coronavirus once a person reaches middle age.

The study found a very low death rate among those under the age of 20, although it found that they were not at a lower risk of infection than the elderly.

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It comes after a broken-hearted father paid homage to his “very healthy” 19-year-old son after he died of a coronavirus in a London hospital.

Luca Di Nicola, originally from Italy but living in north London, is one of the youngest victims of Covid-19 in the UK, with no underlying health problems.

The teen visited his general practitioner with symptoms of coronavirus last week, but reportedly received paracetamol and said he had “nothing to worry about.”

A family “devastated” after the death of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, after a positive test for Covid-19



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