A toddler who contracted the virus in Indonesia died of a massive hemorrhage, officials said on Monday, as the country scrambled to contain an outbreak of the virus that has been spreading across the Southeast Asian nation.
A local health official said the girl died at an early age, adding that the infant died in a hospital on Monday.
The child’s death comes as the government and the public have been scrambling to control the virus, which has been blamed for a rash of new cases and a spike in deaths in recent weeks.
The outbreak has forced the closure of schools, blocked roads and cut off access to public health services, including hospitalization.
The number of new infections has risen from a low of just 1,000 in late November, and is currently at almost 20,000, the health ministry said.
Authorities say that in the last 24 hours the country has recorded 2,715 deaths and 6,566 cases, the highest number of deaths recorded in a single day in the history of the country.
More than 11,500 people have been infected so far, according to a statement from the government, which did not provide details on the source of the outbreak.
It was not immediately clear how the virus first infected the toddler.
She was first hospitalized on Nov. 22, according the health agency.
An autopsy has been ordered for the girl’s body, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine whether the girl succumbed to the virus or whether she was infected before she was hospitalized, the statement said.
Indonesia has reported more than 30,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 2,100 deaths, with nearly all of the cases being linked to a single household.
A total of 18,000 people have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the year, the WHO said.