Funeral of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, the UK’s 13-year-old coronavirus victim, held without family

 Funeral of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, the UK’s 13-year-old coronavirus victim, held without family
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab was buried at a ceremony on Friday. (Twitter)
Short Url
Updated 05 April 2020

Funeral of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, the UK’s 13-year-old coronavirus victim, held without family

 Funeral of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, the UK’s 13-year-old coronavirus victim, held without family
  • His family were unable to attend the ceremony in London after two of his six siblings displayed symptoms of the illness

LONDON: The funeral of a 13-year-old boy who became the first child to die from coronavirus in the UK took place without his family present.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab died on Monday and was buried on Friday at the Eternal Gardens dedicated Muslim burial ground in Kemnal Park, Chislehurst.

UK media reported that his family were unable to attend the ceremony in London after two of his six siblings displayed symptoms of the illness. 

Images from the ceremony showed the boy’s coffin being lowered into a grave by four men wearing protective clothing.

Mourners stood the recommended two meters apart as prayers were held. 

Abdulwahab, from Brixton, South London, had no apparent underlying health conditions.

Family friend Mark Stephenson said Ismail’s immediate family had been left “devastated” at not being able to attend the funeral, the Evening Standard reported. 


Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul
Updated 22 min 42 sec ago

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul
  • The victim, a fashion model, was a tourist visiting Turkey and had never met the attacker before

LONDON: A Russian woman who was stabbed seven times by a knife-wielding attacker in Istanbul has regained consciousness, her sister said. 
Maria Rosanova, who is the sister of the victim Alexandra, told Life.ru news website that doctors at the hospital said she had regained consciousness and doctors are assessing her condition, according to a report by RT Arabic. 
Alexandra, a fashion model, was a tourist visiting Turkey and had never met the attacker before. 
“The incident not only caused physical suffering to her, but also emotional damage,” her sister said. 
Alexandra was attacked by a Turkish man along with two other Russians, a man and a woman, late on Sunday night. They were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life threatening. 
 The man suspected of attacking the Russians, a local garbage collector, has been detained by police, according to Russian agency Sputnik.
Preliminary reports suggested he was mentally ill.
The attack was caught on camera and widely shared online.
Turkey continues to grapple with high rates of violent crime, particularly murder and attempted murder.