COVID-19 test for baby that died suddenly returns negative

The COVID-19 swab that was performed post-humously on a four-month-old baby that suddenly died in her sleep has returned with a negative result.
The child, who hailed from Siparuta Village, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), died suddenly after she went to sleep last Wednesday.
Her 33-year-old father had told Police that his child was having difficulty breathing moments before she fell asleep. About 15 minutes after, he discovered that she was not breathing.
The child was taken to the Skeldon Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Guyana Times was informed that the results returned on Friday, indicating that the baby was not positive with the coronavirus.
This is the second child to succumb suddenly within the past few days. In recent reports, a two-year-old of Barima Kariabo, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), began suffering from high fever on February 9. On February 13, the child’s condition worsened and the toddler became “motionless” hours after.
He was rushed to the Barima Kariabo Health Centre and then to the Mabaruma Hospital. The child was seen by a doctor who pronounced him dead on arrival. A post-mortem examination later ruled the cause of death as pneumonia. (G12)