Saudi Arabia records its first baby born to coronavirus-infected mother in Medina

The baby named Omar was delivered at the Uhud Hospital in Medina on Thursday and is being considered the first case in Saudi Arabia of being born to a COVID-19 infected mother. (Illustrative photo: File photo)

Saudi Arabia recorded its first baby born to a coronavirus-infected mother after an Afghan resident gave birth in the city of Medina, local media reported.

The baby named Omar was delivered at the Uhud Hospital in Medina on Thursday and is being considered the first case in Saudi Arabia of being born to a COVID-19 infected mother.

“The Afghan woman came to Uhud hospital on six Shaaban (March 30) and was showing coronavirus symptoms. She was given the necessary care and gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday she named Omar. Both mother and son are doing well and are in good health condition,” Moayad Aboonq, a spokesperson for the health ministry in Media, told Saudi state television.

A lockdown was imposed on several neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia’s Medina as part of the Kingdom’s measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health had said earlier this week that four different studies showed that the number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom could reach between 10,000 to 200,000 within weeks.

Saudi Arabia confirmed 364 new coronavirus cases and three new virus-related deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 2,919 as of Friday.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02
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