One-year-old baby in Romania who returned from UK suspected of having omicron variant ⋆

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A one-year-old baby who recently returned to Romania from the UK is believed to be the youngest patient with Omicron.

The infant is hospitalized with his mother and is in a stable condition, Tudor Ionescu who is the manager of the Pediatric Hospital in Pitesti said.

Doctors are waiting for the results of the DNA sequencing to see which Covid-19 variant he has. The results are usually known hours after receiving the first positive test sample.

If tests confirm what doctors suspect, the baby will be the youngest patient to test positive for the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV2 which began spreading rapidly in November.

Currently, the youngest patient confirmed to have the Omicron variant is a 14-year-old.

The new omicron variant may be more dangerous for children.

Across the U.S., some states are reporting an increase in pediatric hospitalizations as the new omicron variant continues to spread.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike on Monday said Monday. „We’re still looking at our numbers. I have anecdotally talked to many pediatricians who are heads of departments or hospitals who are seeing that there is an increase,” NBC reported.

The New York State Department of Health issued a warning Friday of a “striking increase” in new hospital admissions for children — particularly of unvaccinated children — amid spiraling coronavirus outbreak numbers in the state.

Romania reported 1,114 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and 67 deaths. It was the first time there has been more than 1,000 new cases since December 9.

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