A 21-year-old woman is believed to be the youngest person with no pre-existing health conditions to have died after contracting COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.
Chloe Middleton reportedly died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, on 21 March, with her mother, Diane Middleton writing on Facebook:
To all the people out there that thinks it’s just a virus please think again.
Speaking from personal experience this so-called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter.
Middleton’s aunt, Emily Mistry, said her deceased niece had no underlying health issues. She also wrote on social media:
My beautiful, kind-hearted 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.
Early data from China, where COVID-19 originated, suggested that the majority of those who died from coronavirus were aged 60 and older or had serious underlying health conditions.
However, there have been more cases of younger people getting the disease in the past two weeks.