Baby boy, just 11 weeks old, is in hospital battling coronavirus as ‘fearful’ mother takes to Facebook to urge people to stay at home
- Ares Banister, 11, is battling coronavirus in hospital at Royal Leicester Infirmary
- His mother Jodie, 30, told the BBC she felt ‘fear and panic’ after the diagnosis
- She also urged non-key workers to stay at home to protect those going to work
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An 11-week-old boy is in hospital battling coronavirus, the baby’s mother has revealed.
Ares Banister has tested positive for the deadly virus and is currently in hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
He was admitted to the hospital on Monday with a high temperature and diagnosed with coronavirus the following day, the BBC reports.
His mother Jodie Banister, 30, from Leicester, said Ares’s condition ‘seems to have settled’, but told the BBC she felt ‘fear and panic’ after he was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Ares Banister (pictured) has tested positive for the deadly virus and is currently in hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary, his mother Jodie Banister said in a post on Facebook
Ares (pictured) was admitted to the hospital on Monday with a high temperature and diagnosed with coronavirus the following day, the BBC reports
His mother Jodie Banister (pictured left), 30, from Leicester, said Ares’s condition ‘seems to have settled’, but told the BBC she felt ‘fear and panic’ after he was diagnosed with Covid-19
Ms Banister, who has three other children, 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.’
In a post on Facebook, Ms Banister urged non-key workers to stay at home.
She said in the post: ‘So while your all still 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 three hour long walks that you’ve never done before in your lives our 11-week-old baby has just tested positive for COVID19.
In a post on Facebook, Ms Banister urged non-key workers to stay at home to protect those, like her husband, who still need to go to work. Pictured: Leicester Royal Infirmary, where baby Ares is currently in hospital
‘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!!!’
Today, Department of Health officials announced 761 new coronavirus deaths, taking the UK total to 12,868.
Among those confirmed deaths today was a 20-year-old with no known underlying conditions.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty tonight said believed the infection rate was beginning to flatten
A five-year-old child is believed to be Britain’s youngest coronavirus victim.
Hilda Churchill, 108, who survived two world wars and the Spanish flu, is believed to be the oldest Briton to die from the virus.
The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK moved up to 98,476 today.
But England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty tonight sparked hope for millions of Britons that there was light at the end of the tunnel, saying: ‘We do all think this has flattened out.’ But he added: ‘We can’t be sure we’re past the peak.’
In Downing Street’s press conference, Professor Whitty said deaths will spike for a ‘short while’ and he expects the daily fatality count to go up tomorrow after a four-day Easter weekend.