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Palgrave woman, 32, dies after contracting coronavirus

A 32-year-old Palgrave woman, who died four days after testing positive for coronavirus, had a number of underlying health conditions including asthma, hypothyroidism, borderline diabetes and obesity.

Emma Jacobs died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on April 24, a week after she fell ill with the virus.

At an inquest into her death held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on July 22, coroner Jacqueline Lake said that the 32-year-old had died of natural causes.

The 32-year-old woman died four days after contracting coronavirus (39454301)
The 32-year-old woman died four days after contracting coronavirus (39454301)

The court heard how she had received a letter from the NHS on March 26, around the time the virus had begun to spread across the country – advising her to stay inside at St John’s House Hospital – a centre for people with learning difficulties, in Lion Road, Palgrave, where she had been a resident since 2012.

Three weeks later on April 16, she fell ill, and was taken to NNUH the following day.

On April 20, it was confirmed she had coronavirus and she was admitted to an intensive care unit.

Within four days, she was dead, becoming one of the youngest people to die after contracting the virus in Norfolk.

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