A 12-year-old lady confirmed contaminated with COVID-19 has died in Belgium, well being officers stated Tuesday.
Fatality at such a younger age “is a very rare occurrence,” stated authorities spokesman Dr Emmanuel Andre, including that her loss of life “shook us”.
The lady had had a fever for 3 days earlier than her loss of life, and examined constructive for COVID-19, stated one other spokesman, Steven Van Gucht.
No different particulars got about her case, together with whether or not she had some other underlying well being issues.
It was the primary loss of life of a kid within the coronavirus disaster in Belgium, which has now recorded a complete 705 deaths from the illness it causes, based on the most recent official toll.
Final week, France reported the loss of life of a 16-year-old lady from coronavirus within the larger Paris area.
Though severe COVID-19 infections are unusual among the many younger, some distinctive instances have been taken to hospital intensive-care wards, as US well being authorities have identified.
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Belgium’s toll on Tuesday represented a leap of practically 200 fatalities from that given the day prior to this, which stood at 513.
It comprised 98 deaths recorded within the previous 24-hour interval, plus one other 94 deaths over earlier days however which had not been counted within the nationwide tally, Andre stated.
The small EU nation, with a inhabitants of 11.four million, now has 12,775 instances of individuals examined constructive for COVID-19, of whom four,920 have been hospitalised, together with 1,021 in intensive care.
Hospitals in Brussels and in two provinces, within the north and the west, are actually confronted with “a more complicated situation” as beds replenish, Andre stated.