January 24, 2021

Coronavirus: Teenager ‘could have survived with appropriate treatment’

A “healthy” teenager who died after developing coronavirus could have been saved if he had been diagnosed earlier, according to Italian authorities.

Luca Di Nicola, 19, from the town of Nereto in eastern Italy, died at the North Middlesex Hospital in north London on 24 March.

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, he developed a cough and a fever a week before dying but his condition was dismissed as a cold.

A spokesperson for the hospital said in a statement a 19-year-old man had “very sadly” died “soon after” arriving at A&E. He tested positive for Covid-19 after he died.

The deputy mayor of Nereto, Maria Angela Lelii, told the BBC there would be “a different conversation” had Mr Di Nicola returned to Italy for treatment.

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