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  • Newest COVID-19 Infection Is A 14-Day-Old Baby in Bataan

    The baby boy is possibly the youngest COVID-19 patient in the country to date.
Newest COVID-19 Infection Is A 14-Day-Old Baby in Bataan
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  • The rising number of COVID-19 in children in the Philippines is alarming. It shows that children are not immune to the disease and not all cases involving kids, especially in newborns, are mild.

    On April 18, 2020, Bataan Governor Abet Garcia announced via his official Facebook page that among its newest COVID-19 infections is a 14-day-old baby from its Orani municipality. The Provincial Health Office of Bataan did not release any other details about the infant.

    According to Rappler, the baby boy is the youngest COVID-19 patient in Central Luzon. The Department of Health (DOH) has yet to confirm if the infant is the youngest COVID-19 patient in the country to date.

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    Previously, the province recorded a one-month-old baby from Mariveles, Bataan who tested positive for COVID-19.

    Just a few days before Garcia announced what is probably the youngest COVID-19 patient in the country, DOH confirmed that a 29-old baby from Batangas died of the fast-spreading respiratory disease.

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    Meanwhile, Pangasinan recorded two child deaths, an 8-month-old baby girl and a 3-year-old boy. Both are considered persons under investigation (PUIs) or suspected and probable COVID-19 cases.

    The 3-year-old male child from San Carlos City, Pangasinan, was admitted to the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital due to an initial diagnosis of pediatric community-acquired pneumonia (PGAC).

    The toddler passed away on April 14, 2020, from acute respiratory failure due to PGAC. He also has Down Syndrome and suffered from congenital heart disease.

    The City Information Office of San Carlos City did not specify if the boy had taken a COVID-19 test, pending confirmation from the laboratory.

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    The 8-month-old baby girl, from Dagupan City, Pangasinan was admitted to a private hospital on Tuesday, April 14, after suffering from cough, fever, and seizures. She died on April 15, 2020. The infant's throat swab had been sent to a DOH-accredited hospital for a SARS-CoV2 test using RT-PCR.

    The Public Information Office of Dagupan City, said the baby girl "is the youngest PUI death recorded in the city of Dagupan."

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    Based on the DOH COVID-19 tracker on April 20, 2020 at 12 n.n., there are a total of 183 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in kids aged 19 and younger. Among children aged 0 to 4, there are 54 cases and 29 cases among ages 5 to 9. In tween and teens demographic or kids aged 10 to 19, there are 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

    As of press time, child deaths due to COVID-19 for minors (aged 0 to 19), are currently at six while nine children have recovered overall.

    For the latest COVID-19 cases, check out our reportr COVID-19 case tracker link.

    For the latest news and updates on COVID-19, check out reportr.world/covid-19.

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