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Devastated family of 13-year-old coronavirus victim pay tribute to ‘loving son’

VIRUS TRAGEDY

THE devastated family of a 13-year-old coronavirus victim have paid tribute to their "loving son".

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab died in King's College Hospital in London on Monday after testing positive for the deadly disease.

Tragically, his mum and six siblings were not able to be by his side in his final moments because of the contagiousness of the killer virus.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family after Ismail's dad recently lost his fight against cancer.

The heartbroken family have now paid tribute to the teenager, saying: "We are heartbroken as a family due to the devastation caused by the coronavirus as it becomes too real for us as a family and community.

"Ismail was a loving son, brother, nephew to our family and a friend to many people who knew him. His smile was heart-warming and he was always gentle and kind.

"We as a family are still trying to come to terms with the sudden death of Ismail. He leaves behind six siblings who are completely devastated and this has been made more difficult not being able to be with Ismail while he was in the hospital."

The family also urged Brits to follow government lockdown advice and stay at home to save lives.

They added: "Covid-19 is a virus that is attacking all members of our society, not just older people or those with pre-existing conditions.

"So please do everything you can to ensure that we adhere to social distancing; that people stay at home as much as they possibly can, to protect the NHS and save lives."

Ismail's loved ones have confirmed they will not be releasing a picture of the youngster.

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