Two-day-old baby girl dies with coronavirus after mum also becomes infected

The two-day-old baby is one of the youngest in the world to die with coronavirus after testing positive for Covid-19 shortly after her birth at a hospital in Tripura, India

    A two-day old baby has died in India (stock photo) (Image: Getty)

    A two-day-old girl in India has died with coronavirus after her mother also tested positive for the illness, doctors confirmed.

    The newborn died shortly after her birth at a hospital in the state of Tripura.

    The baby also tested positive for Covid-19 and succumbed to the illness on Saturday August 1, medic said.

    She was born to a coronavirus patient at the Agartala Government Medical School, the Hindustan Times reports.

    A swab sample was collected from the newborn, and she also was confirmed to be infected with the deadly virus.

    A two-day-old baby has died with Covid-19 at Agartala Government Medical College

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    “The two-day-old girl tested positive for coronavirus and succumbed to the disease at the hospital on Saturday,” the official said.

    Deaths among children during the Covid-19 pandemic have been very rare globally.

    A 13-day-old baby in the UK died in June, NHS England reported.

    A six-week-old baby, who had underlying health conditions, also died in May.

    Thirteen-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahad from Brixton, south London, who died in March, has previously been believed one of the only children in the UK to die from coronavirus with no known pre-existing health conditions.

    Scientists still working to understand the virus say it appears to affect the elderly and people made vulnerable by underlying health conditions the worse.

    The virus has been linked to Kawasaki Disease, a very rare inflammatory disease which has killed a child in the UK.

    What is Kawasaki disease?

    Kawasaki disease is a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 5, the NHS states on its website.

    It's also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

    The characteristic symptoms are a high temperature that lasts for 5 days or more, with:

    • a rash
    • swollen glands in the neck
    • dry, cracked lips
    • red fingers or toes
    • red eyes

    After a few weeks, and with the correct treatment, the symptoms become less severe, but it can take longer than this in some children.

    Kawasaki disease can't be prevented. Children can make a full recovery within 6 to 8 weeks if it's diagnosed and treated promptly, but complications can develop.

    Kawasaki disease is always treated in hospital.

    It's best if treatment begins as soon as possible. The sooner treatment starts, the quicker the recovery time and there's less risk of complications developing.

    Around 25% of children with Kawasaki disease experience complications with their heart.

    If the condition goes untreated, complications can be fatal in about 2 to 3% of cases.

    It's not clear exactly what causes Kawasaki disease. It may be due to a combination of factors.

    A 14-year-old boy with no underlying health conditions died from the condition in a London hospital in May.

    The Covid-19 death toll in the northeast Indian state where the baby died has now passed 5,200.

    India, the most populous country in the world, is the third worst-hit with infections in the pandemic.

    It recorded more than 50,000 new infections in 24 hours for the sixth straight day on Tuesday.

    India has recorded just over 39,000 deaths in total, and the virus is gathering pace across the vast country, population 1.35 billion.

    While major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai have seen their cases ease, infections in rural areas are continuing to rise sharply, alarming experts who fear weak healthcare systems there will be unable to cope.

    India has the third highest number of infections globally, behind the United States and Brazil.

    It has nearly twenty times the number of cases as China, which has a similar-sized population and was where the virus was first recorded late last year.


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