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Family unable to farewell 13-year-old boy after coronavirus death

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A 13-year-old British boy who died from the new coronavirus has been buried at a ceremony his family was not able to attend.

A 13-year-old British boy who died from the new coronavirus has been buried at a ceremony his family was not able to attend.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab died Monday at London's King's College Hospital. He is the youngest known victim of the pandemic in Britain.

He was interred Friday (local time) in a Muslim burial ground in Chislehurst, south London.

Mourners wearing face masks stood apart from one another to observe social distancing rules as the boy's coffin was lowered into the ground by four people wearing in protective body suits and face masks.

None of Ismail's immediate family could attend because they are in isolation after two of his six siblings developed symptoms of the virus.

Family friend Mark Stephenson said Ismail's younger brother and older sister have developed mild symptoms including a fever and loss of taste.

He said Ismail's family was "devastated" at not being able to attend the funeral but had been "very moved by the warmth and very positive messages of support from people" after his death.

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With Associated Press.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-family-unable-to-attend-teens-funeral/e35175fb-fa68-4b08-bff3-a4527c8945d0

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