A 14-year-old boy from Portugal has become the youngest ‘healthy’ person to die of coronavirus in Europe.
Before now it was believed young people without underlying health challenges would hardly die if infected by coronavirus.
But the teenager, from Ovar, half an hour’s drive south of Porto, died in the early hours of Sunday after being rushed to Sao Sebastiao Hospital in nearby Santa Maria da Feira.
He had no major underlying health conditions prior to the infection but was thought to have suffered from psoriasis due to the coronavirus infection.
His death comes after 16-year-old French schoolgirl Julie Alliot died at a hospital in Paris on Wednesday. She had no underlying health conditions and was pronounced dead a week after developing ‘a slight cough’.
Medics are said to have decided against transferring the Portuguese boy, who has not yet been named, to a hospital with a paediatric A&E unit in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, because of the severity of his condition.
Before today, Miss Alliot was the youngest reported COVID-19 death in Europe.
Her sister Manon paid tribute to her, saying she was ‘bright and much loved’ and ‘loved to dance, sing and make people laugh.’
In the UK, the youngest healthy victim is 21-year-old Chloe Middleton, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, who died earlier this week.