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Four-month old baby of migrant worker tests positive for COVID-19 in South Sumatra

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Mon, April 27, 2020   /   07:00 am
Four-month old baby of migrant worker tests positive for COVID-19 in South Sumatra The baby girl is the second infant to test positive for the virus in South Sumatra. (Shutterstock/SimplyDay)

A four-month old baby girl was among the 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases announced in South Sumatra on Friday.

The baby's mother, a migrant worker, was a resident of Ogan Ilir regency and had worked in neighboring Malaysia.

"A swab test revealed that the baby was positive for COVID-19," South Sumatra COVID-19 taskforce head Zen Ahmad said during a press conference on Friday. "The mother tested negative."

The baby is currently being treated at the Mohammad Hoesin Hospital (RSMH) in Palembang, South Sumatra.

The mother and her baby were among a group of migrant workers who recently flew back home from Malaysia to Medan, North Sumatra, and then traveled to overland to Palembang.

On Apr. 13, the task force team confirmed that one person in the group had tested positive for COVID-19 and she was immediately referred to a hospital. Meanwhile, the rest of the group ⁠— including the mother and the baby ⁠— were isolated at the Jakabaring athletes village as suspected COVID-19 cases.

The baby girl is the second infant to test positive for the virus in South Sumatra. On Apr. 18, another four-month old from Muaraenim regency tested positive for COVID-19 after exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms. The baby is also currently being treated at RSMH.

South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru vowed to keep monitoring travelers at the province's entry points ⁠— including alternative roads and rivers.

He said travelers and migrant workers entering the region would be screened and isolated at the athletes village. (trn)