Posted April 19, 2019 11:57:47A six-month-old baby died after he fell into a creek on the Namibian coast on Friday, the country’s health ministry said.
The child was found on the coast of the island of Banten by a local fisherman, who was not wearing a life jacket.
He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The child’s death has been attributed to the coronavirus.
He was not in the care of a doctor and was believed to have been infected by a coronavivirus-like strain.
“The child had contracted the virus from a contact in a forest fire,” the health ministry statement said.
“We will have to investigate to establish what happened, who it came from, and what kind of precautions were taken,” said the statement.
An official from the Banteng province health authority told Reuters news agency that the child’s family had notified the health authorities of the case.
A statement from the province said the child died on the Banting coast.
“He was found by a man in a creek in the Banto area.
He did not wear a life-jackets, so his body was not tested for the virus, but his family notified the authorities,” the statement said, without elaborating.
It was not clear how the child got into the creek, the statement added.
Banten has been the scene of the worst outbreak of coronaviruses in South Africa, with a total of around 200 cases, the most severe of which has killed more than 100 people.