Health authorities have announced a further 113 people have died in the UK from coronavirus over the past 24-hours sending the death toll surging to 578. It is one of the biggest daily death tolls since the outbreak began. A total of 104,866 people have been tested for COVID-19: 93,208 negative and 11,658 positive. On Wednesday, the family of 21-year-old Chloe Middleton, who had no pre-existing medical conditions, revealed she had died from coronavirus.
The young woman from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, is understood to have passed away on March 21.
Writing on Facebook, her mother Diane Middleton, who lives in Buckinghamshire, said: “To all the people out there that thinks it’s just a virus please think again speaking from apersonal experience this so called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter.”
Chloe’s aunt, Emily Mistry, confirmed the 21-year-old had “no underlying health conditions”.
Since the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, the majority of people dying from the disease have been over the age of 65 with a history of underlying health issues.
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But, as the death toll surges, it is becoming evident COVID-19 is also taking the lives of perfectly healthy Britons too.
Dr Diana Gall from online medical advice service Doctor-4-U, told Express.co.uk: “Young people are not immune to this new virus”.
Speaking before the news of Miss Middleton’s death, she said: “Young, fit and healthy people are at a lower risk of suffering severe complications of COVID-19 compared to older and more vulnerable adults.
“Nevertheless, there is still a risk to this group of people, and the potential for a young and healthy person to spread the disease unknowingly is catastrophic.
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The majority of those who are hospitalised, in intensive care, or who have died, are elderly people over the age of 65 and those with significant health problems, but it does show that nobody is invincible to COVID-19
“On average, one person can spread this virus to two to three other people, who will then spread it to another two to three people, and so on. Just like older people, young people are not immune to this new virus, anyone can contract it.”
Dr Gall added: “Young, healthy people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are still being hospitalised with this virus.
“The majority of those who are hospitalised, in intensive care, or who have died, are elderly people over the age of 65 and those with significant health problems, but it does show that nobody is invincible to COVID-19.”
The doctor also warned Britons that even maintaining a perfectly healthy lifestyle through their diet and regular exercise, does not mean they won’t be infected with coronavirus.
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She urged people of all ages – regardless of whether they have current or previous health problems – to follow social distancing advice.
Dr Gall said: “We know that being healthy, exercising, eating a healthy diet and not having any health problems makes us less likely to get ill.
“We should continue to live a healthy lifestyle to boost our immune system and give ourselves every chance of fighting off infections, but this lifestyle doesn’t make us exempt from catching COVID-19.
“While you may not suffer severely we should still be mindful of what it could do to someone else if you were to spread it to them, which is why all groups of people should be social distancing during this pandemic.”
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Earlier this week, Boris Johnson enforced strict new lockdown measures across the entire country for a minimum of three weeks until Easter Monday, when the developing situation will be reviewed again.
The Prime Minister told people to “stay at home” and avoid non-essential travel as the Government desperately tries to limit the spread of the deadly disease.
The public are now only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: infrequent shopping for basic necessities such as food or medicine; one form of exercise a day; for a medical need or to take care of the vulnerable; and to go to work, but only if that cannot be done from home.
Gatherings of more than two people in public will also be dispersed.
Under new powers granted to the police on Thursday, Britons breaking the new lockdown rules can be arrested or fined a minimum of £60.