Baby tests positive for coronavirus in London, shortly after birth

A newborn baby has tested positive for coronavirus moments after birth in a London hospital, becoming one of the world’s youngest patients.

The child’s mother was tested for the illness before giving birth at North Middlesex Hospital, in Edmonton, but the result was not confirmed until after she had her child.

Baby tests positive for coronavirus in London, shortly after birth

The Sun reported that the infant was tested within minutes of being delivered, and doctors are working to establish whether it was infected during birth or while in the womb.

In a statement, North Middlesex university hospital NHS trust said:

“Two patients at North Middlesex university hospital have tested positive for coronavirus. One has been transferred to a specialist centre and one is being treated in an isolation room.

“The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, so in following guidance from Public Health England, we are regularly deep cleaning the areas where the patients are cared for and staff who were in close contact with these patients were advised to self-isolate.”

London has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus of any region in the UK, with Kensington and Chelsea currently the country’s second-worst affected local authority, The Independent reports.

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