A newborn baby and its mother test positive for coronavirus

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A newborn baby in England who has tested positive for coronavirus is believed to be one of the world's youngest patients with the disease

The infant and its mother both tested positive at a north London hospital and staff who had contact with the pair have been advised to self-isolate.

The mother was rushed to hospital days earlier with suspected pneumonia and she and her child are being treated at separate hospitals, The Sun reported.

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The newspaper said the woman was tested at North Middlesex Hospital but the result was not known until after the birth.

The infant and its mother both tested positive at a north London hospitalThe infant and its mother both tested positive at a north London hospital
The infant and its mother both tested positive at a north London hospital | Getty Images

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said: "Two patients at North Middlesex University Hospital have tested positive for coronavirus.

"One has been transferred to a specialist centre and one is being treated in an isolation room.

"The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, so in following guidance from Public Health England, we are regularly deep cleaning the areas where the patients are cared for and staff who were in close contact with these patients were advised to self-isolate."

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Chief medical officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, has previously said he does not think pregnant women should start worrying about the coronavirus.

The Government website says there is currently no clinical evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk.

The website states: "Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you.”