11-week-old baby boy fighting coronavirus as terrified mum begs you to stay home

A mother is begging people to follow government advice and stay at home during the pandemic after her newborn baby tested positive for coronavirus.

Ares Banister, who is 11 weeks old, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary on Monday night with a high temperature. He was confirmed to have Covid-19 the following day.

His mum Jodie, 30, said that his condition had settled but initially she felt fear and panic.

In a desperate plea to other parents, Jodie wrote on Facebook: ‘So while your all still pissing about going out and about without a care in the world, going to the supermarket every day for those absolute essentials you just had to have and going out for your 3 hour long walks that you’ve never done before in your lives….

‘Our 11 week old BABY has just tested positive for COVID19. We haven’t been out for weeks but unfortunately Christian still has to go to work to make sure Tesco has food on the shelves ready for you all to ransack and hoard.

‘If you aren’t a key worker please stay at home!!!!! Please please start listening because our entire world has just been tipped upside down!!!’

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Mother-of-four Jodie told the BBC: ‘We just thought, no way on earth it would be Covid. (We felt) fear and panic. I just sat there and cried. It was horrendous.

‘The first thing you automatically think it that he’s going to die. I was so scared.’

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth this morning said a three-week extension of lockdown measures would be ‘reasonable’.


Mr Ashworth told BBC Breakfast: ‘We would expect the lockdown to continue, we would support that, I actually called for a lockdown before the Government introduced one.

‘But we also want more details from the Government about what happens next.

‘I mean, last night the junior health minister Nadine Dorries was complaining on Twitter saying that people shouldn’t be asking about an exit strategy because there’s no exit strategy until we get a vaccine.

‘Well that could be 18 months away so if the Government are saying we’re in lockdown for 18 months they probably need to tell us.’

‘And I would argue that the best way to come out of lockdown or to manage a way out of lockdown is to move to a testing and contact-tracing strategy.’

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