Coronavirus ‘infects newborn British baby’ – in world’s youngest ever case

A newborn Brit baby has contracted the coronavirus, it has been reported.

The infant is believed to be the youngest ever victim of the deadly pandemic-causing virus and remains in hospital.

It comes after child’s mother had been rushed to a London hospital days earlier with suspected pneumonia, the Sun report.

The mum is reported by the paper to have been tested North Middlesex Hospital, Sterling Way, London, and her positive result was known only after the birth of her baby.

The baby tested soon after it was born at the hospital, it is believed.

A source told the paper: “Staff in contact with both patients have been advised to self-isolate. Health officials are urgently trying to find out the circumstances behind their infections.”

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Medics are now trying to establish whether the baby was infected during birth, or contracted the virus in the womb.

Both mum and baby are reportedly being treated at two separate hospitals and the condition of both patients is not known at this stage.

It comes just a day after an 18-month-old was reported to have contracted the virus in Hong Kong.

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The UK Government announced on Thursday the country has entered the 'containment phase' of controlling the deadly virus, which has so far claimed 11 lives.

There are currently 798 confirmed cases of the virus in the UK.

Pregnant women and babies are said to be at low risk from coronavirus and likely to exhibit mild symptoms. There is also no proof the coronavirus can be passed to a baby in the womb.

In its latest advice the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists say "Pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop coronavirus than the general population. As this is a new virus, how it may affect you is not yet clear.

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"It is expected the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.

"There are no reported deaths of pregnant women from coronavirus at the moment.

"If you are pregnant you are more vulnerable to getting infections than a woman who is not pregnant. If you have an underlying condition, such as asthma or diabetes, you may be more unwell if you have coronavirus.

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"As this is a very new virus we are just beginning to learn about it. There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage. There is also no evidence that the virus can pass to your developing baby while you are pregnant (this is called vertical transmission).

"It is therefore considered unlikely that if you have the virus it will cause abnormalities in your baby."

The death rates are said to be lowest for those under 30.

North Middlesex Hospital has been contacted for a statement.

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