VILNIUS – Lithuania has registered its first child death from COVID-19, the country's statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, says.
The fact was confirmed on Facebook late Saturday by Jonas Bacelis, an analyst from the Statistics Lithuania's communication department.
In his words, the child died back in September but the exact cause of death had to be determined by the State Forensic Medicine Service.
"In other words, that one-year child was not only COVID-positive but the forensic analysis showed COVID was the main cause of death," Bacelis said.
The child was brought to a hospital in Lithuania's western city of Telsiai by his mother on August 31 because he had laryngitis, Egle Lysoviene, the head of the hospital's children unit, told the public broadcaster LRT. There was no information at the time that the child had COVID-19 and he was released home with instructions for symptomatic treatment.
The child died on September 1.
Until then, the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Lithuania was in the 20-29 age group.
A total of 6,974 people have died from COVID-19 in Lithuania since the start of the epidemic.