A US infant has died from the Covid-19 illness, officials in the state said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic.
At a news conference, Governor JB Pritzker said “an infant” aged below 1-year-old who tested positive for Covid-19 was among the fatalities linked to the new coronavirus over the previous 24 hours.
“There has never before been a death associated with Covid-19 in an infant. Thus, a full investigation is underway to determine the cause of the death.” the health department’s director said in a statement.
Pritzker described himself as shaken by the news. “I know how difficult this news can be, especially about this very young child,“ he said.
“It’s especially sorrowful for the family of this very small child, for the years stolen from this infant. We should grieve.”
Last week, French health official Jerome Salomon said a 16-year-old girl had died because of Covid-19 too. Solomon also added severe forms of coronavirus with the young are very rare.
In the US state of California last week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said that a teenager had tested positive for Covid-19 and died. But the agency added the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation.
Multiple studies have found the virus disproportionately affects older patients and those with underlying conditions.
The United States has the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the world, more than 120,000, although its death toll of more than 2,000 is still below that of other countries including Italy, Spain and China.
More than 450 US deaths over the last 24-hour period prior to Saturday afternoon.
Although, juvenile death caused by Covid-19 might be rare. But, it happened somehow. So, please #StayAtHome people ! That’s the only and the most effective way to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Source : The Sun Daily