5-week-old baby hospitalized in Ramat Gan with coronavirus
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5-week-old baby hospitalized in Ramat Gan with coronavirus

Boy to be treated in designated quarantined area for unique COVID-19 cases at Sheba Medical Center’s ICU unit for virus patients

Illustrative: An ambulance brings an Israeli man who tested positive for the coronavirus to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer on February 27, 2020. (Flash90)
Illustrative: An ambulance brings an Israeli man who tested positive for the coronavirus to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer on February 27, 2020. (Flash90)

A five-week-old baby was hospitalized on Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer said the boy was conscious and undergoing tests.

In the evening Channel 12 reported that his condition had worsened, though it did not provide details.

He was to be treated at a designated quarantined area for unique cases in the hospital’s intensive care unit for coronavirus patients.

The hospital also said there would be an accompanying adult with him.

The baby was one of the youngest people in Israel to have tested positive for COVID-19. Another five-week-old baby at Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya was confirmed to have the virus earlier this month.

As of Thursday evening, there have been 9,968 coronavirus cases in Israel, with 86 deaths.

Most of those who have died from the virus are older or have preexisting medical conditions. The youngest Israeli victim was a 37-year-old man who suffered from numerous ailments.

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