Baby girl beats coronavirus – becoming youngest patient to recover

A 17-day-old baby girl has recovered from the coronavirus after being born in Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak.

The newborn is the youngest patient to have beaten the virus in China so far, foreign media reports.

She was transferred to Wuhan Children’s Hospital on the day she was born after being diagnosed with the deadly new strain of the virus, known as COVID-19.

She had a respiratory infection and minor damage to her heart, and managed to fight the symptoms without medication.

The child, named as Xiao Xiao, left the hospital on Friday after making a full recovery.

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Speaking to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, the hospital’s Department of Neonatology worker Dr Zeng Lingkong said: “She did not have obvious difficulties in breathing, did not cough or have fevers, therefore we only gave her treatment for her myocardial condition.”

He added: “She even grew bigger and fatter here.”

She was allowed to go home on Friday afternoon after receiving negative results in three consecutive nucleic acid detection tests.

Doctors in China have previously voiced concerns that the infection could be passed from mothers to their babies in the womb.

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Earlier this month, a baby born to a coronavirus patient was diagnosed with the deadly disease 30 hours after being delivered in Wuhan.

Dr Zeng said at the time: “This reminds us to pay attention to a potential new transmission route of the coronavirus – vertical transmission from mothers to babies.”

The World Health Organisation today said the world should do more to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic – when infectious disease spreads easily from person to person in many parts of the world.

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WHO officials said it is too early to call the outbreak a pandemic but countries should be "in a phase of preparedness".

In China, 77,000 people have contracted the disease and nearly 2,600 have died.

More than 1,200 cases have been confirmed in around 30 other countries in which there have been more than 20 deaths.

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