A baby has died of the deadly coronavirus disease in the United States, making it the 1st infant death in the country.
This was disclosed by Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death. We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.” Ezike said.
Ezike further stated that an investigation into the death of the baby has already commenced.
The death of a child younger than one year with coronavirus has previously been reported in China. That child had a pre-existing condition.
In other news, the Italian Civil Protection Department has received donations totaling more than $68 million (61 million euros) which will be spent on more surgical masks and ventilators, according to Head of Italian Civil Protection Angelo Borelli in a press conference on Saturday, CNN reports.
The donations came from private donors and companies, including the fashion house Armani and the owner of the soccer team Juventus.
Italy’s only producer of ventilators will now increase their production, Borelli said during the presser.
Borelli also said 11,636 people have volunteered to help the Italian Civil Protection with the coronavirus crisis, and the government received more than 7,714 responses from former nurses who intend to return to medical practice.