Infant dies of COVID-19 in Mataram city

Infant dies of COVID-19 in Mataram city

A mother and her baby shops in a traditional market in Mataram, West Nusa tenggara (NTB) amid COVID-19 pandemic. (ANTARA FOTO/AHMAD SUBAIDI)

Anyone can contract COVID-19. The elderly fall in the high-risk category. At present, there is a trend of vertical transmission, wherein, if a mother gets infected, her child will also contract the infection
Mataram, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) - Lab results have confirmed a nine-month old infant who died in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara Province, on May 23, 2020 was suffering from COVID-19, a local government official said.

 

The results of the infant’s swab test were released on May 27, 2020, confirming his diagnosis.

 

The infant, identified by his initials as FH, was residing with his parents in the Karang Rundun neighborhood of Sandubaya Sub-district, head of the Mataram City Communication and Informatics Office, I Nyoman Swandiasa, said here on Thursday.

 

FH was buried in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

 

The Mataram City COVID-19 Task Force is tracing individuals who had direct contact with him, said Swandiasa, who is also a member of the task force.

 

The novel coronavirus disease initially emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, and has spread to over 202 countries and territories, including Indonesia, since then, resulting in a massive number of casualties.

 

The Indonesian government officially confirmed the country's first cases on March 2 this year.

 

According to Mataram City Public Hospital director Lalu Herman Mahaputra anybody can contract the coronavirus disease, including children.

 

"Anyone can contract COVID-19. The elderly fall in the high-risk category. At present, there is a trend of vertical transmission, wherein, if a mother gets infected, her child will also contract the infection," he said on May 5, 2020.

 

The Mataram City Public Hospital has so far received four children diagnosed with COVID-19, including an infant. They have been treated at the hospital's isolation wards.

 

The young COVID-19 patients have been identified by their initials as AZM, MB, MH, and RRA, he informed.

 

AZM is a six-year-old girl and a resident of the Pejarakan Karya neighborhood of Ampenan Sub-district, he said. She tested positive for coronavirus on May 1, 2020.

 

MB is a three-month-old infant who contracted the infection on May 2, 2020. He is also a resident of the Pejarakan Karya neighborhood of Ampenan Sub-district, while MH is a four-year-old boy from the same neighborhood. MH tested positive for COVID-19 on May 3.

 

RRA is a nine-year-old boy and a resident of the Cakra Barat neighborhood area of Cakranegara Subdistrict. He tested positive for COVID-19 on May 4. (INE)


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