Victorian father infected with COVID-19 fears he has passed it on to his nine-month-old daughter – after contracting the virus from a rental car
- Af Ali is in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week
- The father fears that he may have transmitted the virus to his five-month-old daughter
- But it can take up to five days to find out if she contracted the virus
Father Af Ali, 30 (photo) is shocked that he may have infected his five-month-old baby with the coronavirus
A young father is shocked that he may have infected his five-month-old baby with the coronavirus.
Af Ali, 30 tested positive for COVID-19 this week after moving to one of Melbourne’s coronavirus hotspots in Point Cooke, where there are more than 100 active cases.
Just hours after his diagnosis, his baby Ira started wheezing and struggling to breathe – showing that she may have contracted the virus herself.
The 30-year-old cannot hold or care for the toddler because he struggles in isolation pending test results from his partner and daughter.
Mr Ali said he feels terrible.
“I’m scared to be honest, every minute I just get stressed,” he said Nine news.
While his test came back quickly, the father initially struggled to figure out how to get his toddler tested.
“There is no drive-through for the babies or the children’s clinic,” said Ali.
He said he tried to contact major hospitals and the coronavirus hotline, but no one knew where to send him to have his daughter tested.
Just hours after his diagnosis, his baby Ira (photo) started wheezing and struggling to breathe – showing that she may have contracted the virus herself.
“We’ve called every department ever since, and to be honest we’ve been put down.”
After contacting the police, he was advised to get a doctor’s referral so that he could take her to a pop-up clinic.
His daughter and partner were tested at the Hoppers Crossing clinic on Thursday evening.
But the terrified father can wait five days before finding out if the two have tested positive.
The dad didn’t know where to go after health authorities told him he couldn’t have the baby tested while driving through a clinic (photo: officials check residents at a drive-through clinic in Melbourne)
Health authorities confirmed another 216 cases of coronavirus in Victoria on Saturday morning.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews will order two million reusable masks at the request of people who wear them to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.
“Not a single mask is waterproof, but any contribution helps, and I’m very grateful to think that many more Victorians wear masks,” said Mr. Andrews.