Two teenage boys died after catching Covid within a week at the SAME school

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Mohammed Habib, 14, and Harry Towers, 15, pupils of the same school in Staffordshire, died days apart. Post-mortem tests revealed the two teenagers had caught coronavirus.

None of the two boys, who attended St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, had known underlying health conditions.

Mohammed, a Year 10 pupil, died on October 24 after a stroke led to a bleed in his brain.

North Staffordshire Senior Coroner Andrew Barkley confirmed the stroke was caused by Covid.

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The teenager was buried at Fenton Muslim Cemetery following a service at Markaz At-Waheed in Hanley.

Investigations into the death of Year 11 student Harry, who had also contracted coronavirus, continue.

He died on October 30, and the cause is being treated as unexplained.

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Senior coroner Andrew Barkley told the BBC: “It is correct that the pathologist is considering COVID-19 as being contributory to the death of Harry Towers, but at this stage, the cause of death is still under investigation.”

Charlotte Nugent, Harry’s sister, paid tribute to him and said he dreamed of becoming a history teacher and was a “kind, gentle lad who always stood up to bullies”.

Charlotte confirmed her brother had not had a vaccination.

Mohammed’s vaccine status is unclear, but he is not believed to have received his first shot.

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Pupils at the school were due to receive their Covid vaccination on October 8 – weeks before the two boys’ deaths during October half-term.

However, they were delayed to November 19 and only flu jabs were offered.

Speaking to the BBC, Garrett Murray, acting headteacher of the school, said: “We went above and beyond what was expected with our Covid restrictions.

“My rational head tells me that we did everything we could and it was a tragedy in both situations, but with my irrational head, I beat myself up every day.”

Covid jabs at the school were rescheduled but the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent said vaccinations for children were being offered at other centres in the area.

Both students were remembered with prayers during a virtual assembly on November 3.

Children’s deaths from COVID-19 are incredibly rare, and nearly all children and young people are considered at very low risk from the virus.

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