More Than 100 Babies Born to COVID-19 Mothers at Mumbai Hospital As Cases in the City Spike


Medics at a Mumbai hospital have delivered 115 newborns to moms with COVID-19 during the last month, as numbers throughout town proceed to spike.

The overwhelming majority of the infants born on the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital—also called Sion Hospital—have been virus-free, with solely three testing constructive for the novel coronavirus. In all three instances, subsequent exams got here again unfavorable. However, two moms died, one earlier than her youngster was born.

The girls have been handled in a particular ward overseen by a workforce of 65 docs and roughly 24 nurses in protecting gear, in accordance with the BBC. In over half of instances, the child was delivered through cesarean part.

Post-delivery, the ladies stayed within the ward and got the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine earlier than being transferred to a different heart, the place they’re quarantined for a interval of as much as 10 days. The newborns should not remoted. They are breastfed by their moms, who put on facemasks.

“We are fortunate that most of the women who have tested positive are showing no symptoms at all,” Dr. Arun Nayak, head of gynecology on the hospital, instructed the BBC. “Some of them had fever and reported breathlessness.”

In one other a part of town, Nair Hospital welcomed the 100th child born to a mom contaminated with COVID-19 on Monday, changing into the second hospital in Mumbai to succeed in the century mark.

Medics on the hospital instructed native media infants are examined for the virus 24 hours after delivery however, to this point, solely a handful have come again constructive. And whereas it has not been confirmed, they don’t suspect the coronavirus was caught in vitro. From observations thus far, they are saying there don’t seem like abnormalities within the births referring to the truth that the mom had COVID-19 throughout the being pregnant and supply.

The information of the pregnancies comes as town of Mumbai sees a spike in instances of COVID-19. On Wednesday, town reported 1,372 new instances, bringing the full to 24,118. There have been 841 deaths linked to the illness as of May 20.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed by the spike in instances, with stories revealing useless our bodies wrapped in plastic have been left on beds subsequent to dwelling sufferers because of an absence of house on the Sion Hospital morgue.

More Than 100 Babies Born to COVID-19 Mothers at Mumbai Hospital As Cases in the City Spike
People stroll previous the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General hospital throughout a nationwide lockdown to struggle the unfold of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Mumbai on May 15, 2020. The hospital have delivered greater than 100 newborns to moms with COVID-19 as instances within the metropolis spike. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty

Much in regards to the influence of COVID-19 on being pregnant stays unsure.

A research involving 147 pregnant girls from Wuhan, China, cited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggests being pregnant doesn’t improve the danger of experiencing a extra extreme sickness. Quite a few small-scale research have recommended the danger of a mom contaminated with COVID-19 passing on the virus to her unborn youngster in vitro is low. Research printed within the National Library of Medicine, for instance, discovered no cases of the virus in all 38 newborns examined. However, researchers confused the necessity to analyze extra instances earlier than making any agency conclusions.

According to the CDC: “Mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19 during pregnancy is unlikely. However, after birth, a newborn can be infected after being in close contact with an infected person, including the baby’s mother or other caregivers.”