Coronavirus: Newborn triplets test positive for dreaded Covid-19

Coronavirus: Newborn triplets test positive for dreaded Covid-19

- Premature newborn triplets born in Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus

- According to local officials, the babies are stable and are developing favourably

- Both parents were tested for Covid-19 but neither were infected, leaving a mystery as to how they contracted the virus

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A set of triplets born prematurely in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The newborns were tested on Wednesday, June 17, to comply with the state's health protocols on premature births.

After the results came back positive, both parents were tested to determine whether they too were sick.

According to BBC, experts are testing to see whether or not the virus was transmitted through the placenta.

The Sun reported medical experts believed that one or both parents might have the coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

A picture showing a health official in a lab. Photo source: NewScientist
A picture showing a health official in a lab. Photo source: NewScientist
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However, CCN reported on Thursday, June 25, that both parents have tested negative. According to the state's Health Secretary Monica Rangel, the babies are in stable condition and evolving favourably.

The mother gave birth to two boys and a girl and Rangel reported one of the babies is receiving an antibiotic.

Rangel said Wednesday during a news conference:

"The triplets we are monitoring are stable. They are evolving favourably. One of them continues using an antibiotic, but they are doing well. We hope this continues so they can be reunited with their parents soon."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that as a way to reduce the spread of coronavirus, China is using self-driving vans called Hercules to deliver foods and disinfect streets.

The vans have been doing the delivery and sanitization works for the past two months in 16 communities in Zibo, the eastern part of China.

Hercules makes use of lidars, cameras, and complex algorithms to get itself from one place to the other. It has the capacity to carry a cargo of up to 1,000 kilograms in its compartment.

The developer of the vehicle, UDI, has also been engaging a small fleet of the vans in other places like Suzhow and Shenzhen.

They are especially used to deliver meal boxes to workers and disinfect areas near hospitals. It should be noted that all the self-autonomous vehicles have made 2,500 trips.

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