Teenager died at UHCW after testing positive for coronavirus

The 18-year-old who died after testing positive for coronavirus passed away at Coventry’s University Hospital.

It was revealed the teenager had become the youngest victim to die in the UK after being found to have the Covid-19 virus.

However, chiefs at UHCW have stated that although they had tested positive for the virus, “this was not linked to their reason for dying”.

Professor Kiran Patel, chief medical officer for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: “We can confirm that sadly a patient who was being treated for significant underlying health issues has passed away at University Hospital, Coventry.

“They had also tested for COVID-19 on the day before they died but this was not linked to their reason for dying.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

The statement from the hospital added: “The family affected has expressed their thanks for the support and well wishes from friends and family and respectfully request for privacy at this important time.”

It follows the sad news that two elderly people died at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton at the weekend, taking the number of deaths there to four.

A patient with Covid-19 at Warwick Hospital was also confirmed to have died over the weekend.

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Latest figures

The most up-to-date figures released by Public Health England show that 281 people have died in the UK – as of Sunday, March 22 – after testing positive for coronavirus.

There have been a total of 5,683 cases confirmed in the UK, with 14 in Coventry and 29 in Warwickshire.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday told the nation there was no ban on going outdoors for fresh air – yet – as he told Brits to stay home as much as possible.

But the PM warned in his daily press conference the Government is ready to impose tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus if people do not follow the guidance on social distancing and stay two metres apart.

He warned: “I don’t think you need to use your imagination very much to see where we might have to go, and we will think about this very, very actively in the next 24 hours.”


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