Toddler in Jember, East Java, contracts COVID-19 infection from father

Toddler in Jember, East Java, contracts COVID-19 infection from father

Several health workers in Jember, East Java, serve local residents keen to get tested. ANTARA/HO - Diskominfo Jember)

Jember, E Java (ANTARA) - A toddler in Cumedak Village, Sumberjambe Sub-district, Jember District, East Java Province, got infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) believed to have been transmitted by the kid's father.

"This 1.5-year-old toddler has become COVID-19 inpatient number 35 since May 31, 2020," spokesman of the Jember District Government's COVID-19 Task Force, Gatot Triyono, informed journalists here on Monday.

The toddler’s father from the Gowa cluster contracted the infection after participating in the Ijtima Jamaah Tabligh at the Asia Conference held in Gowa District, South Sulawesi Province, in March this year, he pointed out.

The toddler's father tested positive for COVID-19 and has been recorded as COVID-19 patient number 22, while the toddler’s mother, who also contracted the virus, is registered as the COVID-19 patient number 34, Triyono stated.

The toddler was initially diagnosed with symptoms of COVID-19 on May 20. Two days later, the infant was then sent to a local hospital's isolation ward.

Thereafter, on May 23-24, the hospital's health workers conducted a swab test on the toddler whose results came positive for the presence of the virus. The toddler is currently in good health, he revealed.

Toddlers are susceptible to human-to-human transmission of COVID-19. One case was a nine-month-old infant, who died in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara Province, on May 23, 2020, after suffering from COVID-19.

The results of the infant's swab test released on May 27, 2020, confirmed his diagnosis. The infant, identified by his initials as FH, was residing with his parents in the Karang Rundun neighborhood of Sandubaya Sub-district.

The coronavirus disease, which initially hit the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, has since then spread to at least 202 countries and territories, including Indonesia, with a massive rise in death toll.

The Indonesian government officially announced the country's first confirmed cases on March 2 this year. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has weakened the purchasing power of scores of Indonesian families, particularly those who lost their jobs.
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