Baby tests positive for coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

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A baby China’s epidemic-hit Wuhan has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, state media Wednesday.

The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus, which has nearly 500 people since emerging last year.

CCTV quoted experts as saying it be a case of “vertical transmission”, referring to infections passed mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after.

The mother had for the virus before she gave birth.

The official Xinhua news agency Monday that a baby born last week to an infected mother had tested negative.

The disease is believed to have emerged December a Wuhan that sold wild animals and spread rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday January.

China’s national commission said on that the oldest person diagnosed with the virus is a 90-year-old and that 80 percent of deaths have been of patients 60 years of age and older.