This is a heart-breaking case and my deepest thoughts are with Ismail’s family at this terrible time.
I spoke to Ismail’s family this morning to offer my condolences, and I will be helping them with whatever support they need at this difficult time.
The family have asked for privacy while they try and come to terms with Ismail’s death, and I very much hope their wish will be respected.
Ismail was a bright and ambitious boy who had the whole of his future ahead of him. This disease does not discriminate. And this personal tragedy shows the very real and devastating impact this virus is having on our society.
We must follow the advice to stay at home and save lives.
I’d also like to thank to the NHS staff at Kings for the heroic work they are doing during this crisis.