Coronavirus: Illinois governor announces rare death of baby

Coronavirus: Illinois governor announces rare death of baby

A U.S. infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of IL said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic.

An infant less than one year old died in Chicago, Illinois after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the state health department said on Saturday.

Pritzker said: "If you haven't been paying attention, maybe this is your wake-up call".

The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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During the state's Sunday briefing, Ezike said the cause of the infant's death is still under investigation. The infant had a bowel blockage and organ failure, and died four weeks after being hospitalised.

Separate research published in the journal Pediatrics traced 2,100 infected children in China and noted one death, a 14-year old. The study found less than 6% of children were seriously ill. The others were in counties surrounding Chicago: McHenry, Kane, Lake and Will. "People are going to die if you don't stay at home".

Dr. Ezike reported 42 deaths, bringing the state's total to 141.

On Monday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that after the president promised him he would ship 300,000 N95 masks to Illinois, the federal government sent his state thousands of surgical masks instead. With a nationwide presence, 1.7 million members in IL and 250,000 in Chicago, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

Governor J.B. Pritzker said he was "deeply concerned" about what is now happening in New Jersey and NY, which has become the official epicenter of the global pandemic in recent days, and expects IL to "reach a peak", at some point.

"Our social distancing efforts are the most important thing we can do to protect our seniors and support our health care workers-that's why we're working to keep the public informed and use science and facts to make decisions that protect the health and wellbeing of our seniors", said Gov. JB Pritzker.

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