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22 March 2020 22:31

18-year-old coronavirus

Coronavirus: adolescent becomes youngest person in England to die from Covid-19

An 18-year-old has become the youngest victim of the coronavirus sweeping the UK. The teenager, who is said to have had underlying health conditions, passed away at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The virus also claimed what is believed to be its oldest victim as a 102 year-old was among the 37 people who died in England in the last 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus. NHS England said that "all were in vulnerable groups including with underlying conditions" and their families had been informed. The latest deaths bring the total number of deaths of people diagnosed with coronavirus in England to 257.

A further three people died in Wales, three in Scotland and one in Northern Northern Ireland taking the total number of deaths to 281 across the UK. There are warnings that many hospitals, particularly those in London, are now struggling to cope as their intensive care units are full of critically ill coronavirus patients needing ventilation. University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, where it is understood that the 18-year-old victim was being treated for another condition, has already limited the number of visitors able to attend their hospitals to one per patient with no under-12s allowed. It has also put out advice out on its website for people with symptoms of Covid-19 or those who are "vulnerable as a result of medication, a chronic illness or are over 70 years of age" not to attend its hospitals. Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Record - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email An 18-year-old is amongst the latest people to die from coronavirus as new UK figures were announced on Sunday.

The number of people across the UK who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen to 281, including the teenager who had an underlying health condition. A 102-year-old victim was also announced in the latest figures for England. The two people are thought to be the youngest and oldest victims so far. NHS England announced the deaths of 37 people this evening taking the total number of who have died down south to 257. They included five deaths at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, four at St. Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and four at Croydon Health NHS Trust The news comes as Boris Johnson said the Government is ready to impose tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the virus if people do not follow the guidance on social distancing.

The Prime Minister insisted that he did not want to close down access to parks and playgrounds because of the benefits to people's mental and physical wellbeing. But amid reports of crowds flocking to parks, beaches and beauty spots across the country, he said the Government was ready to impose the kind of "tougher" measures adopted in other European countries if people did not behave responsibly. At his daily No 10 news conference, Johnson - who has faced criticism for not acting faster to slow the spread of the virus - said ministers had already closed down whole swathes of the economy, shutting pubs, clubs and restaurants. He said the Government had always followed the scientific advice when it came to access to open spaces - but warned people needed to observe the guidance that they should not gather in groups and remain two metres apart. Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - The Coronavirus Briefing Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Some 37 people - aged between 18 and 102 - have died after testing positive for coronavirus in England, bringing the country's total to 257, NHS England said this evening.

All of the latest victims were in vulnerable groups, including people with underlying conditions. A spokesman for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust confirmed five patients had died at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. In a statement, the trust said: "Their families have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. Croydon University Hospital also recorded a further four coronavirus deaths, in addition to three previous fatalities. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said it was banning visitors to any of its adult inpatient wards from today.

A statement on the trust's website said: "We have made the decision to significantly reduce the number of visitors to Croydon University Hospital until further notice. "From Sunday March 22 we will no longer be allowing visitors to any of our adult inpatient wards and we will ask family members to instead keep in touch via telephone or video calls where possible." The trust added: "Women in labour in our maternity unit will still be able to bring a birthing partner with them and children under 16 on our inpatient wards will still be allowed visitors, but these will be limited to two at a time." They were in their 60s and had underlying health conditions and became the fifth person to have died in the county, Cornwall Council said. "Their family has been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance," a council spokesman said. It comes after Boris Johnson warned people that further 'tougher' measures will be introduced if the government's current coronavirus advice is not adhered to. Mr Johnson also urged people to follow the Government's advice over coronavirus saying: "You have to stay two metres apart and you have to follow the social distancing." (Image: Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror) "I want, of course I do, people to be able to go to the parks, open spaces and enjoy themselves. The Prime Minister urged people to keep at least two metres away from others in parks. Sign up to FREE email alerts from HullLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email New figures released by NHS England confirm an 18-year-old has sadly died of the disease. NHS England said: "All the 37 people aged between 18 and 102 who died in England after testing positive for coronavirus were in vulnerable groups including with underlying conditions." On Saturday the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed the first person to die after testing positive for coronavirus in East Yorkshire. Chris Long, chief executive of the trust, said: "Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Castle Hill Hospital and had tested positive for Covid-19 has died. An 18-year-old became the youngest person in England to die from a coronavirus. Some 37 people – ages 18 to 102 – have died after being tested positive for coronavirus in England, bringing the country's total to 257, NHS England said tonight. All of the latest victims were from vulnerable groups, including people with underlying illnesses. They included five deaths at the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, four at the St. Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, four at the Croydon Health NHS Trust and one at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. A spokesperson for the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that five patients died at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. In a statement, the trust said, "Their families have been informed and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. The University Hospital of Croydon also recorded four other deaths from coronavirus, in addition to three previous deaths. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said it would ban visitors to any of its adult hospital services from today. A statement on the trust's website said: "We have made the decision to significantly reduce the number of visitors to the University Hospital in Croydon until further notice. "From Sunday, March 22, we will no longer allow visitors to our adult hospital services and we will ask family members to stay in touch by phone or video conference whenever possible." One patient also died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. They were in their 60s and had underlying health conditions and became the fifth person to die in the county, said the Cornwall Council. "Their families have been informed of the cause of death and are following national guidelines," said a spokesman for the council. This comes after Boris Johnson warned people that tougher new measures will be introduced if current government advice on coronaviruses is not followed. Johnson also urged people to follow government advice on the coronavirus, saying, "You have to be two meters apart and you have to follow the social distance." (Image: Ian Vogler / Daily PressStories) He said: "It is crucial that people understand that tomorrow the schools will be closed. Johnson also said fresh air does not provide immunity to the coronavirus. Thousands of people have been photographed racing seaside towns, parks, mountains and markets today, ignoring the advice to avoid social gatherings.