First death of infant in connection with coronavirus reported in US

First death of infant in connection with coronavirus reported in  US
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  • calendar-gray 29 March 2020

An infant in Illinois under the age of one has died after testing positive for coronavirus, APA reports citing Daily Mail. 

'There has never been a case of COVID-19 death in an infant,' said Illinois Public Health Director, Dr Ngozi Ezike. 

'If you haven’t been paying attention, maybe this is your wake-up call, Ezike said. 

The child was among 13 new deaths recorded in Illinois, which now has a coronavirus death toll of 47. 

Also among the deaths was an employee at the Department of Human Services.  

During a press conference on Saturday, Governor Jay Pritzker said: 'Upon hearing it, I admit I was shaken. 

'We should grieve with our family of state employees, with the many people we've already lost to this virus, young and old.' 

Illinois is under a stay-at-home order, with all non-essential business and travel banned.  

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