Coronavirus claims Britain's youngest victim at 18

The teenager, among the latest 37 victims, had an underlying health condition

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18-year-old with Covid-19 has become the youngest victim of the coronavirus sweeping the UK, the NHS announced on Sunday.

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 previous 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.

The number of cases has more than quadrupled to 5,683 in just six days.

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 ventilators.

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.

 

Previously, it was thought that a 41-year-old was the youngest victim of coronavirus in the UK. Actress Sophia Myles announced over the weekend that her father, Peter, was among those who had lost his life to the virus.

Mr Myles, a retired Church of England vicar, had been suffering with Parkinson’s before contracting Covid-19. The latest figures from the NHS include five deaths at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, four at St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and four at Croydon Health NHS Trust. 

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said the total number of patients to have died after testing positive for Covid-19 at Croydon University Hospital has risen to seven.

The Trust said it was banning visitors to any of its adult inpatient wards from yesterday.

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.”

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said all five patients had died at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and all had underlying health conditions.

"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."

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said all five patients had died at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and all had underlying health conditions.