3 infants test positive for COVID-19 in Davao City

Andoreena Causon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 09 2020 03:28 PM

DAVAO CITY - Three infants from the city have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), authorities said Saturday. 

The latest baby to test positive for COVID-19 was a 2-month old boy from Barangay Mabuhay in Paquibato District.

The baby was born at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and stayed there for 2 months after undergoing an operation due to congenital defects. He was discharged on April 25 but was rushed again to a hospital in Panabo and then brought back to SPMC on May 2 for pneumonia and other complications. He tested positive for the virus on May 6.

Dr. Leopoldo Vega, chief of SPMC, said it is hard to tell where the baby got the virus.

"Positive siya sa [He is positive for] COVID but sick baby with congenital anomalies. Vulnerable, very sick with congenital anomalies," said Dr. Vega.

On May 5, two other babies from Bunawan, Davao City also tested positive for the virus. One of them is a 4-month old girl with a heart problem. The onset of COVID-19 symptoms was noticed on April 27.

The other one, a 6-day old baby girl, is considered the youngest COVID-19 patient in the Davao Region. She was rushed to SPMC on May 1 for fever and jaundice.

All the infants are in stable condition, Vega said.

The doctor urged parents to follow standard precautions like physical distancing even when in the house and isolate newborns, sick babies or those with congenital anomalies from other people to prevent them from being infected.

As of May 8, there were 170 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Davao Region, including 152 in Davao City. They are among over 10,000 confirmed cases recorded in the country.