Chloe Middleton, a 21-year-old woman from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has passed away from coronavirus – she is believed to be the youngest casualty of the disease in the UK. Her family say that she had no pre-existing health conditions and are now urging people to take the new rules imposed by the government seriously, in order to prevent the spread of the infection.
Writing on Facebook, her mum Diane Middleton, shared a heart-breaking post saying: "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."
Chloe's aunt, Emily Mistry, wrote in a separate post that her niece had no known health conditions when she contracted the virus and was otherwise healthy. "My beautiful, kind-hearted niece, Chloe, has passed away from COVID-19. She had no underlying health issues [which would make her especially vulnerable]. My loved ones are going through the most unimaginable pain. We are shattered beyond belief."
She also pleaded with the general public to keep up social distancing and adhere to the government restrictions. "The reality of this virus is only just unfolding before our very eyes. Please, please adhere to government guidelines. Do your bit. Protect yourselves and protect others!! The virus isn’t spreading, people are spreading the virus.
Life as we know it has changed dramatically but unless we all act now to protect ourselves and others, the longer this turmoil and anguish will go on.... Rest in peace Chloe. Until we meet again...".
Our thoughts are with Chloe's family at this difficult time.
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