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More than half of pregnant women in Covid-19 UK hospitals minorities, study findings

Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Population Health Department warned that the high rate of infected women of black or minority needs urgent research and clarification, although infectious viruses are rare and most women have “good results.” “

The latest study is based on Britain’s Obstetric Surveillance System data, a national system set up to study a range of rare pregnancy disorders.

The researchers said that between 427 pregnant women admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 between March 1 and April 14, more than half were from minority groups, 25% of whom were Asian and 22% were black.

Most of the researchers were at the end of their second or third trimester, 70% were overweight or obese, 40% aged 35 and over, and one third had pre-existing conditions..

Although the published evidence on the rate, transmission and effect of coronavirus infection during pregnancy is limited, some evidence suggests that pregnant women and their babies the risk of serious illness increases and death.
But, an April study He found that most pregnant women diagnosed with coronavirus, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecolocy, did not experience a more serious disease than the general population.

Twelve babies born from mothers tested six positively in the first 12 hours of their life for coronavirus.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that coming from a black or ethnic minority background is a “big” Covid-19 risk factor.

Speaking to parliament last week, Hancock said, “More work needs to be done to understand the key drivers of these inequalities, the relationship between different risk factors, and what we can do to bridge the gap.”

Public Health UK analysis revealed that the link between ethnicity and health is “the result of a complex and possibly a combination of factors”.

“First of all, BAME people [black and minority ethnic] It seems that societies will have an increased risk of infection. “said.

“It means that people in BAME groups are also more likely to be born abroad from their white British ethnicity, meaning they may encounter additional barriers to accessing services created by cultural and linguistic differences.”

According to the agency’s report, the groups “are also at high risk of worse results after getting the infection,” he said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also revealed that Covid-19 revealed inequalities in society and had a disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minoritiesIncluding people of African descent.

CNN’s Zamira Rahim contributed to this report.

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