‘Angel’ boy, 14, becomes Europe’s youngest healthy coronavirus casualty
A sporty 14-year-old, described as an 'angel' by his loved ones, is believed to be Europe's youngest coronavirus victim with no major underlying health conditions.
Tragic Vitor Godinho, from Ovar, south of Porto in Portugal, died early this morning after being taken ill with Covid-19.
The schoolboy, a talented futsal player, was rushed to Sao Sebastiao Hospital in Santa Maria da Feira but medics were unable to save him.
Emotional tributes have been paid to Vitor, whose death follows that of 16-year-old French girl Julie Alliot, who died in Paris on Friday.
According to reports in Portugal, he suffered from skin disorder psoriasis, which can affect the immune system, but had not other major health problems.
In a heartbreaking statement, Vitor's futsal club, Maceda Cultural and Recreational Centre, said: "This time you didn’t get past the rival, like you did so many times.
“We’re devastated, lost for words. Rest in peace champion.”
Also paying tribute was the Portuguese Football Federation.
President Fernando Gomes said: “With profound consternation I am sending my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Vitor Rafael Bastos Godinho, a young Maceda Cultural and Recreational Centre player.
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“At this moment of deep pain for his loved ones, I am also sending words of comfort to the footballing family in the Aveiro region who share with us the disappearance of such a precocious talent."
One distraught mourner wrote in an online tribute: "Another angel has gone to Heaven.”
There have been 119 confirmed Covid-19 deaths in Portugal, where nearly 6,000 people have been confirmed to have the virus.
A British man in his 70s, who died in the Algarve yesterday, is among those killed by the bug.
In the UK 1,235 people have died after contracting coronavirus. The death toll rose by 207 in 24 hours, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who has himself been diagnosed with the condition – saying it will get worse before it gets better.
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