A CHILD at an undisclosed hospital in Ireland is currently fighting for their life after contracting coronavirus, it has been confirmed.
According to the latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance centre, a youngster was admitted into an Intensive Care Unit at hospital somewhere in the Republic earlier this week.
The child, who is aged between five and 14, was admitted into the healthcare facility’s ICU 24 hours prior to midnight this past Tuesday, May 5.
It is the second instance of a child in this age bracket being treated in a critical care unit in Ireland since the pandemic began.
The report does not specify whether the child is already suffering from another underlying condition.
There have been 120 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in children under the age of four living in Ireland, while more than 200 children under the age of ten have contracted the virus.
However, no patient in this age profile has so far died from the virus in Ireland to date.
The youngest victims of COVID-19 in Ireland so far, according to official records, included a 17-year-old and a 23-year-old.
The majority of deaths recorded as a result of COVID-19 have involved people aged 80 or older.
The death toll from the virus in Ireland stands at 1,429.
Of that number, 956 occurred in the 80 plus age category.