A heartbroken mother has revealed her healthy 21-year-old daughter has died from coronavirus in the UK.
Chloe Middleton, who according to her family had no underlying health conditions, died last week in the English county of Buckinghamshire.
In a Facebook post, her mother Diane Middleton sent a message to younger generations telling them not to dismiss the dangers of COVID-19.
“To all the people out there that thinks it's just a virus please think again. Speaking from a personal experience this so called virus has taken the life of my 21 year old daughter,” she wrote.
Health experts are warning young people the novel coronavirus is extremely dangerous to all ages and can ultimately prove fatal for anyone.
“Intensive care units across China and Italy are full of people who are young and it’s the young who are dying with no obvious risk factor,” health broadcaster Dr Norman Swan recently told ABC Radio, referencing a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) seminar.
In a series of posts, Ms Middleton’s family paid tribute to the young woman.
“This is so sad... our granddaughter Chloe has died from this horrible disease. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her,” her grandparents wrote.
Her aunt Emily Mistry said the family was “shattered beyond belief”.
"The reality of this virus is only just unfolding before our very eyes," she urged.
"Please, please adhere to government guidelines.”
More than 100 hundred tributes have since been left online by devastated friends.
Her family are now raising funds for her funeral via a Facebook fundraiser.
So far there have been 435 deaths in the UK from coronavirus, the sixth highest national total.
On Wednesday, NSW confirmed its first two cases under the age of 10, while the national total number of cases rose to 2,432.
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