25-day old infant dies of COVID-19 in Davao City

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2020 11:22 PM | Updated as of May 11 2020 09:23 AM

DAVAO CITY - An infant, who was less than a month old, died Saturday due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health in the Davao region.

Based on the profile released by the health department, the 25-day old male baby lived in the densely-populated Barangay 23-C in Davao City.

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DOH Region 11 said it is continuing to investigate the history of exposure of the child. However, according to the data forwarded by Southern Philippines Medical Center where the patient was born and admitted, there were positive cases recorded in their overcrowded community.

SPMC chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega said that on May 7 the infant was brought to their hospital with LBM and fever, which are among the symptoms of COVID-19.

Two days later, the baby died with final diagnosis of, "septic shock secondary to neonatal sepsis, neonatal pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis with severe dehydration, multiple electrolyte imbalance, and COVID-19."

Some areas in Barangay 23-C, were among the first to be put on lockdown when they had their first COVID-19 case, as the local government feared rapid infection in a crowded community.

The government also conducted intensified case finding in some communities, including Barangay 23-C, as the number of confirmed cases continued to soar.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, there are no new cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in Davao City while two persons have recovered.