AN INFANT under the age of one has died after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The death of the Illinois baby was announced by Governor Pritzker on Saturday, local news reported.
The baby is believed to be the youngest victim of the deadly virus in America.
During a press conference on Saturday, Governor Jay Pritzker said: "Upon hearing it, I admit I was shaken. We should grieve with our family of state employees, with the many people we've already lost to this virus, young and old."
Illinois Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, said: “There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.
“We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us."
The state now has 3,491 COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths.
Illinois is currently under a stay-at-home order until April 7.
The confirmed amount of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 105,778, with at least 1,731 deaths.
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