Queensland Health have confirmed the youngest case of coronavirus with a one-year-old baby diagnosed on Thursday.
"Queensland has 50 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus raising the state total to 144," QLD Health stated.
"Of these new cases patients range between the ages of one and 79. Contact tracing is underway for the 50 new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required."
The news comes after a six-year-old was infected with Covid-19 in NSW on Thursday morning.
Previously the youngest were a year seven child, aged 12, and two year 10s, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant told reporters today.
The total number of confirmed cases, based on a tally of numbers provided by health authorities in each state and territory, now stands at 636. At least 43 have fully recovered.
Although children's symptoms are far less severe than adults' , children are thought to be vehicles. Photo: News Corp
No children have died from the virus
Australia’s first coronavirus fatality was on Sunday, March 1.
He was a 78-year-old Perth man who was among 163 Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan and quarantined at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory.
The second death came on Tuesday, March 3. The 95-year-old woman was a resident at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park, in Sydney’s north.
Two other residents of the same nursing home later died — an 82-year-old man on Sunday, March 8, followed by a 90-year-old woman on Saturday, March 14.
On Friday, March 13, a 77-year-old woman died in a Sydney hospital after recently arriving from Queensland. She had developed symptoms on the plane, was taken to hospital and died the same day.
An 86-year-old man died in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday, March 17, making him the state’s fifth death and the country’s sixth.
Six people have died – one in Western Australia and five in New South Wales.