Three-year-old girl dies of corona

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Belgium is confronting a worrying growth in new coronavirus infections as a three-year-old girl has become the country’s youngest known victim, officials said Friday. Health spokesman Boudewijn Catry said three people die each day in Belgium from COVID-19, including recently the toddler and an 18-year-old. The young girl had “severe” pre-existing conditions, but Catry warned against complacency among the healthy and that 85% of new cases diagnosed last week were among the under-60s. “It’s true that it’s rare that a young person dies of COVID-19, but it’s clear that no-one is immune,” he warned, after the number of new infections per week in Belgium jumped by 89%.—AFP

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