Coronavirus uk update: Newborn baby tests positive for Covid 19

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Coronavirus uk update: Newborn baby tests positive for Covid 19
Coronavirus uk update: Newborn baby tests positive for Covid 19

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A newborn baby in England has tested positive for coronavirus.

The mother is understood to have been rushed to a hospital in the English capital days earlier with suspected pneumonia.

The Sun has reported the child and mother are being treated at separate hospital.

The mother was tested at North Middlesex Hospital and was positive but the result was only known after birth.

The baby was tested within minutes of arrival and now doctors are trying to establish whether the child was infect during birth or contracted the virus in the womb.

A source said: “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.”

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has advised healthy babies should be separated from mothers who have been infected and can be breastfed with officials stressing pregnant women and babies are of lower risk and most will have mild symptoms.

On Friday morning, the UK Department of Health and Social Care confirmed 32,771 people had been tested with 798 testing positive, at the time 10 had died, though this has since increased to 11.

The Department tweeted: “If you have symptoms of coronavirus, it’s important that you stay at home for 7 days to help protect your friends and neighbours.”

Meanwhile, there are now 90 cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland after the Department of Health confirmed 20 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic yesterday evening, bringing the total number of cases on the island of Ireland to 119.

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