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UK coronavirus death rate goes up by 50% again as 563 die in ONE DAY taking total to 2,352


THE UK coronavirus death rate has doubled again today as 563 people die in 24 hours - taking the total to 2,352.

Britain's positive Covid-19 cases have also risen - with 29,474 people infected - up from 25,150 yesterday.

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The Department of Health today confirmed the number of deaths in the UK have now risen to 2,352 - up by 563 from 1,789 the day before.

Wales saw big rise today of 29 deaths - with their total Covid-19 deaths now at 98.

In Scotland today, there were 16 further deaths - bringing the total number to 76.

The individual figures for England and Northern Ireland have not yet been released.

It comes as a 13-year-old boy became the UK's youngest coronavirus victim after dying from the disease at King's College Hospital in London on Monday.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, South West London, had no underlying health conditions.

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.

A spokesperson told The Sun Online today how the "very healthy" teenager had first fallen ill on March 23 with Covid-19 symptoms.

Three days later, Ismail's condition worsened and he was rushed to hospital where medics put him on a ventilator.

The spokesperson added: "On Friday he tested positive for Covid-19 and was put into an induced coma.

"He died on Monday 30 March at 3am from a cardiac arrest."

TRAGIC DEATH

Well-wishers have now donated more than £50,000 to Ismail's heartbroken family on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his funeral costs.

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

Family friend Mark Stephenson, director at the Madinah College in Brixton, said the youngster had no underlying health conditions.

Speaking today on Good Morning Britain, he said: "One of the saddest things in this whole situation is that he died alone.

"When someone has this infection, they're in isolation so how difficult it is for a mum to not be with her son at this time when he's sick.

"Usually a mother will be at his bedside, staying overnight in the hospital."

Ismail is the second teenager to die from coronavirus in London after a "very healthy" chef passed away on March 24.

Luca Di Nicola, originally from Italy but living in North London, is one of the UK's youngest Covid-19 victim with no underlying health conditions.

The teenager had visited his GP with coronavirus symptoms last week but was reportedly given paracetamol and told he had "nothing to worry about".

But his condition worsened and he was rushed to North Middlesex Hospital after his lips "turned purple" and he collapsed.

The teen passed away the next day.

His dad Mirko Di Nicolahas told La Repubblica newspaper he has since received a letter from North Middlesex Hospital confirming his son had tested positive for the killer virus.

Paying tribute, he added: "Luca has been tested positive for coronavirus.

"Rest in piece my little angel, keep on flying. You are in our souls."

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Yesterday, figures from the Department of Health revealed 381 people had died in 24 hours after a rise of 180 deaths - with 1,789 total deaths.

In England yesterday, the NHS confirmed the death rate had also more than doubled from 159 on Monday to 367 in the biggest 24-hour leap so far.

Today's figures only include those who have died in hospital after testing positive for the disease, so the true death toll is actually higher.

From the start of the crisis until March 20, at least 40 more people died from coronavirus in England and Wales than previously thought after hidden deaths at home were revealed for the first time.

New figures revealed 210 people died in England and Wales from the killer bug during that time period - 23 per cent more than official NHS numbers have shown.

NHS England and Public Health Wales had recorded 170 people died in hospital up to that date.

Once the Office of National Statistics work out the numbers since March 20, the most recent numbers will raise again.

Family ‘devastated’ after 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab dies after testing positive for Covid-19

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