A newborn baby is the youngest person in the UK to have tested positive for coronavirus, it emerged last night.
The pregnant woman developed pneumonia-like symptoms and was rushed to North Middlesex hospital in London where she was tested for the virus.
The baby was also tested “within minutes” of arrival. The child’s mother was only diagnosed after giving birth according to the The Sun.
It is not known whether they developed Covid-19 during labour or if they were infected while still in the womb. There is currently no evidence that the virus can be passed to a baby during pregnancy.
The baby remained in the hospital in an isolation room while its mother was moved to a specialist infections centre.
A spokesperson for North Middlesex University Hospital, 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.”
A source told The Sun: “Health officials are urgently trying to find out the circumstances behind their infections.”
Newborn babies should not be separated from infected mothers who can still breastfeed, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Rcog) has said. There is currently no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through breastmilk and Rcog has advised that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus.
Pregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to the symptoms of the virus than the rest of the population.