Georgia boy dies of COVID-19 as cases surge nationwide


A report said a 5-year-old boy from Georgia had no underlying health condition from COVID-19 last week.

Wyatt Gibson of the city of Calhoun lost his life after a short battle with the disease at a hospital across the border in Chattanooga, Tennessee, relatives Told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“In a way, I know you’re still here, but I miss you so much!” The child’s heartbroken father, Wes Gibson, wrote on Facebook. “I have lost my best friend.”

Wyatt’s godmother Amanda Sume told the newspaper that the father and his newborn sister have also contracted the coronavirus.

Wyatt’s death came as COVID-19 cases rose again across the country. The spike is fueled by the more infectious delta variant and a slowdown in vaccination.

Vaccination is not authorized for children under 12 years of age. However, death in the age group is extremely rare.

The report said that of the nearly 600,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, 335 were among people under the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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