A 21-year-old woman with no apparent underlying medical condition died after contracting a coronavirus, said her family – urging the public to “do your part”.
Chloe Middleton, from Buckinghamshire, was the youngest Briton killed during the pandemic.
An 18-year-old man who died at the Coventry hospital weekend after being tested positive for Covid-19 was being treated for “serious underlying health conditions”.
Ms. Middleton’s family urged the public to heed the safety tips and take “this seriously”.
Her mother Diane Middleton wrote, “To all those who think this is just a virus, think again. Speaking from personal experience, this so-called virus took the life of my 21 year old daughter. ”
In a call to take preventive action, Middleton’s aunt, Emily Mistry, described how her niece “had no underlying health problems”.
Ms. Mistry wrote: “My loved ones are going through the most unimaginable pain, we are broken beyond belief …
“The reality of this virus is only being revealed before our eyes. Please follow government guidelines.
“Do your part. Protect yourself and protect others! The virus does not spread, people spread it.
“Life as we know it has changed dramatically, but unless we all act now to protect ourselves and others, the more the restlessness and anxiety will continue …”
Middleton’s sister Amy Louise Middleton said her children “couldn’t have been more affectionate and crazy for an aunt and we couldn’t have done it any other way.”
She wrote, “She went beyond me and was my best friend even though she used to pinch my clothes, so many good memories that I am so, so, so thankful that we could do and share and that never be forgotten!
“Her only concern in life was if she looked bloody so please don’t take this virus lightly because you never know what’s around the corner …”
She added, “It was time for people to take this seriously, before too many people found themselves in this devastating position. ”
A total of 422 patients who tested positive for the coronavirus died in the UK on Tuesday at 1 p.m., the NHS said.
The country is in three days after a three-week lockout ordered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stem the outbreak.
Shops, schools, pubs and offices have also been forced to close in order to reduce the spread of the virus and ease pressure on the NHS.