30 hours old baby diagnosed with Coronavirus

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A Chinese newborn has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus just 30 hours after birth. State media outlet Xinhua said the baby is the youngest case recorded so far. The baby was born on 2 February in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus. The baby’s mother tested positive before she gave birth. It is unclear how the disease was transmitted – in the womb, or after birth.

According to Reuters, It added that the baby, who weighed 3.25kg at birth (7lbs 2oz), was now in a stable condition and under observation. Medical experts say it could be a case where the infection was contracted in the womb. “This reminds us to pay attention to mother-to-child being a possible route of coronavirus transmission,” chief physician of Wuhan Children Hospital’s neonatal medicine department, Zeng Lingkong.

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