A NEWBORN baby in England has tested positive for coronavirus — the world’s youngest victim.
The child’s mother had been rushed to a London hospital days earlier with suspected pneumonia.
As of tonight the mother and baby were being treated at separate hospitals.
The mom was tested at North Middlesex Hospital in the UK but her positive result was known only after the birth.
The baby was tested within minutes of arrival.
Medics are trying to establish whether the infant was infected during birth, or contracted the virus in the womb.
The baby remains at the hospital while the mother has been moved to a specialist infections hospital.
A source said: “Staff in contact with both patients have been advised to self-isolate. Health officials are urgently trying to find out the circumstances behind their infections.”
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has advised that healthy babies should not be separated from infected mums and can be breastfed.
Health officials stress pregnant women and babies are at low risk of complications from the virus and most will have mild symptoms.