The novel virus that has forced the entire world to lockdown keeps people terrified, and being fast-spreading and highly unpredictable, governments decide to issue strict measures to save lives and prevent its spread.
Since they are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, pregnant women in the UK will be instructed to remain home for three months from the weekend.
Prime minister Boris Johnson said:
“In a few days’ time – by this coming weekend – it will be necessary to go further and to ensure that those with the most serious health conditions are largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks.”
In his announcement, he explained that it is time “ for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.”
He advised people to work from home where possible, and “avoid clubs, pubs theatres, and other such social venues”.
Johnson explained that this advice is “particularly important” for pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions.
“It is now clear that the peak of the epidemic is coming faster in some parts of the country than others. People over 70 might feel there is something excessive about these measures.
I believe they are overwhelmingly worth it to slow the spread of the disease, reduce the peak, save life, minimize suffering, and give our NHS the chance to cope.”
This is the first time the Government has added pregnant women to the list of most ‘at risk’ people. According to officials, this is a measure ‘for precaution’, as it is still unclear whether coronavirus is a serious threat to their health.
Expectant mothers are generally more prone to infections than women who are not pregnant, but England’s chief doctor has previously stated that he does not believe that they can pass the virus to their babies.
So far, there is no clinical evidence suggesting that coronavirus can be transmitted via the womb or through breastmilk.
Mr. Johnson added that there is a need for “drastic action” as the UK approaches “the fast growth part of the upward curve”, and Londoners should be especially careful, as the virus is spreading more rapidly in the capital than elsewhere.
The lockdown will not be enforceable by law, but the Prime Minister stated that if necessary, the Government had the needed mechanisms to ensure people followed these guidelines.
From the weekend, expectant mothers in the UK will be told they have to stay at home for three months, as they are considered to be among the most vulnerable to coronavirus
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that The Government have added pregnant women to the list of most ‘at risk’ people