Nigeria Records Youngest COVID-19 Infection as Baby Tests Positive

Tony Abu Momoh
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Nigeria has recorded its youngest case of COVID-19 after a four month old baby tested positive to the virus in Kaduna.

According to the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, the 4 month old was among the 20 new cases of the disease confirmed in the state on Friday.

According to the state Commissioner for Health, Amina Mohammed-Baloni, the father of the baby had recently travelled to Kano, another epicentre of the virus.

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The infant, who had been brought to the hospital for respiratory issues, was tested in accordance with the updated guidelines which advise that persons presenting with such symptoms be tested,” the Commissioner said

She further revealed that the parents of the child have also been tested and results are being awaited while disclosing that 15 of the 20 fresh cases were close acquaintances and family members.

The Commissioner also said the disease had spread into Nine local government areas of the state.

“Chikun has seven (including five members of the same family), Giwa recorded four from the Shika community while three cases are in Kaduna North. Sabon-Gari and Kaduna South have two cases each, while Igabi and Zaria have one each.

“Six health workers are among the new cases, underlining the risks associated with containing and managing COVID-19.

“This widening spread of COVID-19 means that the risk of infection has increased for persons who do not stay at home or who fail to observe necessary precautions when they go out.”

She also advised parents in the state to shun unnecessary travels and interaction to avoid infecting their loved ones at home. She also charged them to exercise personal responsibility by not allowing visitors into their homes.

“One of the Covid-19 fatalities in the state got infected when he received visitors at home.

“Elderly persons and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and respiratory diseases are more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19 infection.

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