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An infant in Illinois who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has died, the state’s governor said in a press conference on Saturday.
This marks the first recorded death in the US of an infant who contracted the virus. A full investigation is underway to determine the baby’s cause of death, said Illinois Department Of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
“Today is a really hard day. I’m reporting 465 new cases and 13 additional deaths, including the tragic death of an infant,” Dr. Ezike said.