A 21-year-old Spanish soccer coach has died from a novel coronavirus. The Spanish footballer, Francisco Garcia was coach of the junior team of Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta. According to a report, he was also suffering from leukemia. Garcia only received his cancer diagnosis after going to the hospital with symptoms of the coronavirus. The leukemia made him vulnerable against the virus and he was taken to the Regional Hospital of Malanga. 

He died on Sunday becoming the youngest person to have died from the coronavirus pandemic in Spain.

A club statement said, “From Atletico Cotada Alta we want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and relatives of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately, unfortunately, today.”

“And now what do we do without you, Francis? If you were always with us when it was necessary, helping us and giving your all. How are we going to continue conquering winning in the league? We don’t know how, but surely we will, for you. We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Forever.”

Spanish football team, Malaga FC paid tribute to Garcia in a tweet: “On behalf of the club we want to transmit to Atletico Portada Alta our most sincere condolences for the loss of one of their coaches, Francisco Garcia, and send our warmest wishes to his family and friends. Between all of us we must stop the COVID-19.”

Presently, Spain is in a total lockdown situation since Saturday night to fight against the deadly virus after the country has recorded 309 deaths with about 8000 people affected. The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez declared that he was imposing drastic measures to fight against the coronavirus. The few people still walking in Madrid’s eerily empty parks on Monday were met by buzzing drones overhead, instructing them to: “Go home!”

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