A child who died in hospital from a rare coronavirus infection has been named as an Australian, after the death of a family member.
The boy’s family has now been named after the local hospital where he was admitted.
He was just two months old.
Dr David Stoddart, the head of the Australian Research Council-funded team, said the child died on Monday.
“He had a virus, which was not known at the time,” Dr Stoddarts told ABC radio on Tuesday.
A report released last week said a patient who was given the virus was discharged on Saturday, but did not mention his name.
In a statement, the Royal Melbourne Hospital said it was aware of the death.
It said the virus had not affected the hospital’s patients, staff or the general public.
There are currently no cases of the virus circulating in Melbourne, the hospital said.
But the virus has been reported in the ACT and NSW, and is believed to be circulating in some states in Western Australia.
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