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There have not been many deaths among young people in Quebec amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a 19-year-old sadly lost his life to the infection on Thursday according to the province's health department.
CTV News reports that the death of Don Béni Kabangu Nsapu was confirmed by a Facebook group called Congolais De Montreal who said the teen died on Aug. 16. He was in Terrebonne’s Pierre-LeGardeur Hospital at the time of his death.
A GoFundMe page has been started in order to raise funds for Nsapu’s funeral.
"Our brother, son and friend Don Béni Kabangu Nsapu left us too early at the age of 19 on August 16, 2020 following complications from the coronavirus," reads the page. "He was born on March 15, 2001 in Kinshasa, Congo (DRC) and he is survived by his parents... as well as his brothers and sister."
The health department was unable to provide further details on Nsapu’s death due to privacy laws.
According to Dr. Marc Lebel, there have been no coronavirus deaths among children in Canada but Dr. Christopher Labos, a Montreal epidemiologist says that Nsapu’s death should remind people of the deadly impacts of the disease.
"We have been veering towards complacency, and I think this death, tragic as it is for the individual, is a wakeup call that we cannot become too complacent," he said.