British 8-month-old baby suspected to have coronavirus

The father fears his 4-year-old daughter may be infected too.
The father fears his 4-year-old daughter may be infected too. Photo credit: Getty Images

A British father says he is "petrified" as his eight-month-old son is the youngest Brit suspected to have coronavirus.

The child and his mother have been put into quarantine after they were believed to have contracted the virus by visiting an infected doctor in Worthing, West Sussex.

The father, who did not want to be named, told the Evening Standard he and the child's mother are overwhelmed with the situation. 

"We're in hell, completely petrified. My ex-partner keeps breaking down in tears," he said.

They are being quarantined in the mother's house and have to constantly wear face masks.

He said his young son displayed all of the symptoms of coronavirus which include fevers, coughing and breathing difficulties.

These are made worse by the son's pre-existing health conditions.

"We're staying in the house and giving the kids Calpol and paracetamol, but nothing's working.

"My little boy has haemophilia and a lung condition, so he's already poorly."

The father fears his four-year-old daughter could also be infected but will have a better understanding of the situation when they receive the testing results on Friday.

The mother and son came in contact with the infected GP at Worthing A&E last Tuesday when they went in for a check-up.

Public health officials are trying to track down a dozen patients treated by the doctor last week to ensure the virus doesn't spread.

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in New Zealand so far, but two Kiwis on a cruise ship in Japan have been infected.