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A two-day-old baby has died of Covid-19 in South Africa

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The baby was born preterm with lung difficulties and had to put on a ventilator, according to a statement from the health ministry. "The mother had tested positive for COVID-19, and the child subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity," the statement read.The baby is among the 27 coronavirus deaths announced Wednesday, bringing the total number to 339, according to the ministry.With more than 18,000 cases, South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus patients on the continent. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said he was devastated by the death of a health worker in the Western Cape province — the virus epicenter in South Africa — and paid tribute to professionals on the frontline of the country's response to the outbreak.The country imposed strict restrictions, including a five-week lockdown which ended April 30, to combat theRead More – Source