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Over the last three months, 14 babies under one-year-old contracted COVID-19, 11 of whom were younger than three months old. The startling revelation came from the Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during Wednesday’s virtual press conference.

He said the babies were infected by their parents who were not vaccinated.

“These toddlers are not going out to work, they are not going here, they are not going there. The virus is basically coming home and meeting them and sending them into the hospital,” he said.

“On examination, 50 per cent of the parents are in fact COVID positive and we don’t have the hard number yet but the vast majority [of parents]—is what we have been explaining to the country—unvaccinated.”

To date, four children locally have lost their lives to COVID-19.