A NEWBORN BABY has died in the United States from Covid-19, and is believed to be the youngest person in the world to succumb to the virus.
The infant died in Connecticut last week, with post-mortem tests confirming that they had coronavirus.
It isn't known whether or not the child had any underlying health conditions which could have contributed to the death, but what is certain is that Covid-19 is a life-threatener for people of all ages.
Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont described the news as "absolutely heartbreaking".
In a tweet, he said: "It is with heartbreaking sadness today that we can confirm the first paediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to #Covid-19.
"A 6-week-old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital late last week and could not be revived.
"Testing confirmed last night that the newborn was COVID-19 positive. This is absolutely heartbreaking.
"We believe this is one of the youngest lives lost anywhere due to complications relating to COVID-19.
"This is a virus that attacks our most fragile without mercy. This also stresses the importance of staying home and limiting exposure to other people.
"Your life and the lives of others could literally depend on it. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time."
The Governor also confirmed a further 429 coronavirus cases in the state as of Thursday, with Connecticut's total of 3,557 cases with 85 deaths - very similar Ireland's figures.