A two-day-old baby is the youngest Covid-19 patient in South Africa to succumb to the virus.
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry announced the number of positive Covid-19 cases in SA had increased by 803 to 18 003 in the last 24 hours.
The death toll has also increased to 339.
“Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19. The baby was two days old and was born prematurely. The baby had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth.
“The mother had tested positive for Covid-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 as well,” Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said.
He said it was important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity.