British boy, 13, dies after contracting coronavirus

Military personnel continue work inside the ExCel center in London on March 30, 2020, which has been transformed into a field hospital. (AFP)

A 13-year-old British boy has died days after testing positive for coronavirus, hospital officials and his family said on Tuesday, with relatives saying he had no underlying illnesses.

The boy, who died Monday, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death in the coronavirus pandemic. A 12-year-old girl, whose death was confirmed earlier on Tuesday in Belgium, is thought to be Europe’s youngest victim.

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A spokesman for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Sadly, a 13-year old boy who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.”

“The death has been referred to the coroner and no further comment will be made.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57