2 infants die due to coronavirus

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) — The Department of Health clarified that only two infants have died among 25 babies who tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.

The department earlier reported that six infants died of the virus, but the figure was updated after validation from its epidemiology bureau.

DOH spokesperson Rosario Vergeire said in an afternoon virtual press conference that the death of the two infants was possibly due to their immature immune system.

She said in an earlier media forum that the other infants have recovered from the viral illness.

In a separate announcement, the DOH said the youngest COVID-19 survivor is a 16-day old baby.

DOH said, “Our frontliners at the National Children's Hospital tirelessly took care of the neonate for 11 days and successfully nursed him back to health!” 

Vergeire said that they are validating the age of the youngest COVID-19 case in the country.

“Youngest case of COVID-19, nine day old from Region 7. Aming vineverify ang (We are verifying the) accuracy ng (of) data,” she added.

No evidence of mother-to-child transmission

The health official also said there is no proof that the infected babies got the viral disease while they were inside their mothers’ wombs.

“Most of these cases apparently, pag labas ng bata duon nakuha (The infants likely got COVID-19 after birth)," she said. “Wala pa tayong ganun na nagtransmit vertically. (We still do not have a case of vertical transmission).“

The country has so far recorded 8,488 infections, with 1,043 recoveries and 568 deaths.