First Covid-19 infant death recorded in SA

The child was born premature and only two days old.

South Africa has recorded its first Covid-19-related death of an infant.

The newborn was only two days old and was born prematurely according to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who said the child had lung difficulties that required ventilation support.

“It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity,” Mkhize said. The mother had tested positive initially and the child also tested positive.

The baby was among 27 Covid-related deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

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