Covid-19's youngest victim: virus kills 20-day-old baby in Rajasthan

JAIPUR: Covid-19 claimed the life of a 20-day-old baby here on Saturday. He is possibly the youngest to fall prey to the deadly virus worldwide. Across the state, six people succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll to 68.

The newborn, who was taken to the government-run JK Lon hospital in a serious condition on Friday, died within five hours. His test report came late Friday night, and the health department announced it on Saturday morning.

“Until now, the youngest to die from the virus was a 45-day-old boy in Jamnagar de Gujarat. In Connecticut, USA In the USA, a six-week-old baby had died and was the youngest in the world. The boy who died in the hospital was only 20 days old, said Dr. Ashok Gupta, medical superintendent of JK Lon Hospital, one of the largest children's hospitals in the country.

The boy was rushed to the hospital from the Chand Pole area around 4 a.m. on Friday. Since the baby belonged to one of the outbreaks in the city, the doctors performed the Covid-19 test. “I suffered from diarrhea, vomiting, dullness, sepsis, and low fever. We started his treatment and put him on the ventilator stand when he was intubated, but his condition was severe and he died at 9 am, ”said Dr. Gupta.

Doctors suspect that he could have contracted the infection after his birth. There is no evidence of vertical transmission of infection from the infected mother to the baby. No one in the family has tested positive yet, ”hospital officials said.

It is not the first case brought to the JK Lon Hospital with complaints of diarrhea and vomiting. A six-month-old baby was brought to the hospital with diarrhea and vomiting three days ago. It tested positive and is currently recovering.

A 55-year-old Ramganj resident in Jaipur was rushed to the SMS Hospital on Friday, but doctors declared him dead. His samples were taken and he was found infected. A 47-year-old Sardar Patel Marg resident in Scheme C, was taken dead to the SMS Hospital on Friday, also tested positive.

A 76-year-old Ramganj resident, who was taken dead to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital on Friday, also tested positive. Ajmer reported his first death when a 45-year-old Nala Bazaar resident, who was admitted to the JLN Hospital on April 25, passed away on Saturday. He suffered from diabetes. A 67-year-old resident of Nagouri Gate in Jodhpur, who was admitted to MG Hospital on April 30, died the same day. Health department officials said he had pre-existing coronary artery disease.

With 106 more people testing positive on Saturday, the total infected count is 2,772. The districts reporting the cases are Jaipur (33), Jodhpur (60), Ajmer (4), Kota (3), Alwar (2) , Bharatpur (1), Chittorgarh (1), Pali (1) and Udaipur (1). After being cured, three patients were discharged from Mahatma Gandhi Hospital on Saturday.