Paris: The mother of the youngest Coronavirus victim in France has said that her 16-year-old daughter was “unbearable” because of the highest daily casualties from the country-reported pandemic.
French authorities said on Thursday that a total of 365 people have been killed by COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in hospitals across the country to 1,696.
Senior French health official Jerome Salomon told reporters that the figure does not apply to people who died of the virus at home or in retirement homes.
The teenage girl, Julie A, died in Paris and became the youngest French victim of the disease, often affecting the elderly or those with health problems.
“It’s unbearable,” the girl’s mother Sabine told AFP by phone from her home in the Parisian suburbs. “We were meant to have an ordinary life.”
Mom said Julie had a severe cough a week ago, but on Saturday she had trouble breathing.
She scanned the hospital and tested COVID-19 several times. The disease was first discovered in China at the end of last year and has killed more than 23,000 people worldwide.
Her condition worsened and she was pronounced dead on Thursday, with health officials highlighting that serious cases are rare in young people.
“From the start, we were told that the virus doesn’t affect young people. We believed it, like everyone else,” Sabine said. Her daughter had no known underlying health problems.