A six-week-old infant has died from coronavirus, becoming what is considered to be the first survivor in America.
The child died last week in Connecticut, with last night’s test results showing it had Covid-19.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont described the news as ‘completely tragic’ and said the child is considered to be among the youngest life to have been died from the infection.
He tweeted: “Today we can announce the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut related to # COVID19 with heartbreaking disappointment. A 6-week-old baby from the Hartford area was taken to a hospital in an unresponsive state late last week and could not be rescued.
“Tests confirmed last night that the baby was COVID-19 positive. That’s utterly tragic. We agree this is one of the youngest lives lost anywhere because of COVID-19 symptoms.
“It is a infection that targets our most vulnerable without remorse. It also emphasizes the importance of keeping home and restricting access to others.” Your life and other people’s lives may actually depend on it. In this tough moment our condolences are with the victims.
The Governor announced today in his latest tweet an further 429 cases of coronavirus in the state, taking Connecticut’s number to 3,557, with 85 deaths.
This follows after President Donald Trump advised Americans of a “painful” two weeks ahead, pointing to projections that indicated a massive rise in deaths in the following months of around 100,000 of 240,000 people from the virus.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said earlier on Wednesday: ‘The initial 15 days were meant to slow down the spread and allow us more time to reconsider.
‘In my view, we’ll still inform the world in general in 30 days that you will have to put these steps into effect so they do not have a shelter-in-place order.
‘We are going to go over the details,’ he said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today the number of deaths has risen from 743 to 3,603.
This also recorded 186,101 cases of coronavirus, a 22,562-fold increase from its previous count.
The virus has killed more than 878,000 people worldwide, with Italy recording the highest death rate at 12,428 fatalities.