Coronavirus: Baby tests positive 30 hours after birth

Coronavirus: Baby tests positive 30 hours after birth

- The Coronavirus has affected a baby born in Wuhan area of China

- The baby was said to have tested positive to the virus just 30-hours after delivery

- Experts said the baby could have contracted the virus after birth, through the mother or from breastmilk

A baby born in Wuhan area of China on Wednesday, February 5, has been infected with Coronavirus 30-hours after birth.

A children's hospital where the baby was born reported that the infant whose mother had tested positive to the Coronavirus was checked after birth.

Business Insider reports that while there could have been a case of vertical transmission (mother-to-child-transmission), experts have said that there is the possibility that the child contracted the virus after birth.

The baby becomes the youngest person to have caught the coronavirus which has ravaged the city of Wuhan in China.

It was also gathered that the baby's case of Coronavirus raises the possibility that the virus can be transmitted to a child from the mother.

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Experts within the public health and medical field have also suggested that the virus could be passed to a child from the mother through the breastmilk.

Aso, Zeng Lingkong, a senior physician at the Wuhan children's hospital neonatal department said: "We should be concerned about the possible new transmission route of the coronavirus."

Meanwhile, previously reported that China had completed a 60000-square-metre structure with space for 1000 beds and 30 intensive care wards in 10 days.

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