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Jakarta Post

Medan toddler suspected of COVID-19 infection dies

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Mon, April 13, 2020   /   12:30 pm
Medan toddler suspected of COVID-19 infection dies People wearing face masks wait on March 20, 2020 outside the infectious care wing of Adam Malik Central General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra. (Antara/Septianda Perdana)

A 2.5-year-old girl listed as a patient under surveillance (PDP) died early on Sunday morning at Adam Malik Central General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, becoming the youngest patient to die of suspected COVID-19 infection.

The toddler was admitted to the hospital at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and died at 3 a.m. on Sunday, said the hospital's spokesperson, Rosario Dorothy Simanjuntak.

The girl was showing symptoms of COVID-19 when her family brought her in, which prompted the hospital to immediately note her status as PDP, said Rosario. The medical team took a swab sample, but did not administer a COVID-19 rapid test.

“We have taken samples from her for swab testing and are still waiting for the result,” Rosario said on Sunday.

She also noted that the girl had an underlying heart condition.

“This is the first toddler with PDP status who has died at Adam Malik hospital,” she added.

Rosario said that the hospital's records showed that five of its patients being treated for COVID-19 had died: two PDPs and three patients who ahd tested positive for the disease.

North Sumatra has to date recorded 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, and has the eighth highest number of cases among Indonesia's 34 provinces.