A teenager, 17, with no underlying health conditions has died after testing positive for Covid.
They were one of 279 people, aged between 17 and 102 years old, who died with the virus in England within the past 24 hours. Only 11 of the patients, including the teenager, did not have underlying health conditions.
All the deaths took place between December 3 and March 1. There were also 30 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result, NHS England said.
This means 83,529 people have now died with Covid in England’s hospitals. One death was recorded in hospitals across Wales in the last 24 hours.
Children are largely believed to be relatively unaffected by Covid, but some who have caught the virus have suffered with enduring symptoms after they recover.
Around 300 children are now taking part in vaccine trials in a bid to test the jab’s efficacy among youngsters. The participants, aged between six and 17, received their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in February.
The Oxford jab has already been approved for use among adults in the UK, along with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
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