A 12-year-old Belgian girl has become the youngest known person in Europe to die after contracting coronavirus.
Authorities in Belgium said the child was by far the youngest among the country’s more than 700 victims.
National crisis centre spokesman Emmanuel Andre said it is “an emotionally difficult moment, because it involves a child, and it has also upset the medical and scientific community”.
He added: “We are thinking of her family and friends. It is an event that is very rare, but one which upsets us greatly.”
It is not yet known if the girl had underlying health conditions, Sky News said.
More than 12,705 cases have been confirmed so far in Belgium.
In the UK, the youngest person to die was an 18-year-old who had serious underlying health issues.
As of Monday, the number of people who have died in the UK after contracting the coronavirus reached 1,415.
More than 22,000 people in the UK are now confirmed to have the virus – although the true figure is believed to be many times higher.
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