(THE SUN) – A 21-YEAR-OLD woman with no underlying health concerns has died from coronavirus, her family said.
Chloe Middleton is believed to be the UK’s youngest victim with no existing medical issues.
Her family said it should act as a wake-up call for people to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously.
Mum Diane Middleton wrote on Facebook: “To all the people out there who think it’s just a virus please think again.
“Speaking from a personal experience this so-called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter.”
The family, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, called on people to stay indoors to halt the spread of the virus.
On Sunday it was announced an 18-year-old boy had died after testing positive for coronavirus in Coventry, West Midlands.
But doctors said he had “significant underlying health issues” and that Covid-19 was not linked to his cause of death.
Chloe’s aunt Emily Mistry wrote on Facebook: “My beautiful, kind hearted 21 year old niece Chloe has passed away from Covid-19. SHE HAD NO UNDERLYING HEALTH ISSUES.
“My loved ones are going through the most unimaginable pain, we are shattered beyond belief.
“The reality of this virus is only just unfolding before our very eyes. Please, please adhere to government guidelines. DO YOUR BIT. Protect yourselves and protect others!
“The virus isn’t spreading, PEOPLE are spreading the virus.
“Life as we know it has changed dramatically but unless we all act now to protect ourselves and others, the longer this turmoil and anguish will go on. Rest in peace Chloe. Until we meet again…”
Her sister Amy added: “My kids couldn’t have had a more loving crazy nutcase for an auntie and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. She adored them and they certainly adored her back.”
A total of 422 people had died across the UK as of 9am yesterday after becoming infected with COVID-19.
More than 8,000 people have officially tested positive for the virus but the true figure is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.
London and the South East of England have been the areas worst-hit by the outbreak, with the capital facing death rates even worse than Italy.
The crisis has seen Prime Minister Boris Johnson order a three-week lockdown across the UK to stop the spread of the virus.
All pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops have been ordered to close.
Brits – except for key workers in areas such as the NHS and policing – have also been told to stay indoors except for food shopping and one session of exercise a day.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night announced a recruitment drive for 250,000 Good Samaritans to help drop off shopping and vital medication to 1.5 million patients asked to “shield” at home for the next 12 weeks.
He announced London’s ExCeL centre will be converted into a new NHS hospital and 11,788 recently retired NHS staff will to the front line to help tackle coronavirus.
The global death toll from the deadly bug has already hit more than 18,000 across the globe.