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Coronavirus patient delivers healthy newborn baby: 'This child is a special case'

Woman and her baby are under quarantine for observation

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A Chinese baby born to a mother with coronavirus is healthy and virus-free, according to reports.

What are the details?

The unnamed woman delivered the child via Cesarean section on Thursday at Harbin Sixth People's Hospital in Heilongjiang, according to Fox News. She went into labor shortly after being diagnosed with the widespread virus.

Officials placed the woman under quarantine for observation, where she later delivered the child. Officials also placed the child under quarantine until further testing could be completed.

The child, who weighed about 6.7 pounds, received an Apgar score of 10 following birth. Medical professionals determine that anything above an Apgar score of 7 is considered normal.

"The patient was anxious as we brought her to the operating theater," said Dr. Yu Dan, an obstetrician from Harbin Red Cross Central Hospital. "[The mother] had only just been told of her confirmed diagnosis, so she was concerned for her child. In addition to that, she was accompanied by no family members, as all had been placed in quarantine as either confirmed or suspected cases."

Zhao Huaxian, the hospital's head of pediatrics, added, "This child is a special case. Our first concern was a vertical transmission infection, so we took precautions and put her under round-the-clock monitoring."

What else?

The child has tested negative for coronavirus on two separate occasions. The outlet reports that the unnamed child will remain under observation for the next 14 days.

So far, the coronavirus has sickened over 20,000 people and been linked to at least 425 deaths, Fox News reported.

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