Two-month-old baby died in hospital from a Covid infection and is Australia’s youngest victim of the pandemic, coroner finds
A two month-old baby died at a NSW hospital late last year from Covid, the state coroner has confirmed.
The infant died at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in December.
The coroner has found the infant had no underlying health conditions and the cause of deaths was a Covid infection, of the Omicron strain.
NSW Health confirmed the death of the infant on Thursday.
In a statement NSW Health said the agency ‘offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and asks that their privacy be respected during this most difficult time’.
The child is believed to be the youngest victim of the pandemic in Australia so far.
A two-month-old infant who died at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in December has been confirmed as a Covid-19 victim
It comes as two-year-old child Carter Cheung (pictured) from Sydney died in hospital due to a Covid infection last week
It comes as another two-year-old child from Sydney died in hospital due to a Covid infection last week.
Carter Cheung was rushed to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on Thursday after becoming ill.
He was diagnosed with the virus that day but his condition had deteriorated. His parents made the gutwrenching decision to it turn off on Saturday.
Cheung, like the infant who passed in December, was also infected with the Omicron variant.
New South Wales recorded 24,803 Covid infections in the previous 24-hour period.
PCR tests confirmed 10,042 of those cases and RA tests confirmed 14,761.
There are currently 230,205 active Covid cases in the state. There are 43 people in intensive care in hospital and 14 requiring ventilation.
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