Researchers led by the Oxford Public Health Department in Nuffield warn that although transmission of the virus to babies is not uncommon and most women have “good results”, the high proportion of infected women of black or minority descent needs urgent study and explanation. “
The latest study is based on data from the UK’s obstetric monitoring system, a national system set up to examine a number of rare pregnancy disorders.
The researchers say that of the 427 pregnant women admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 between March 1 and April 14, more than half are from minority groups, including 25% of Asians and 22% of blacks.
Most women were in the late second or third trimester, 70% were overweight or obese, 40% were 35 years of age or older, and one-third had pre-existing conditions, the researchers said.,,
Twelve babies born to mothers in the study tested positive for coronavirus, six of them within the first 12 hours of life.
UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has warned that blacks or people from ethnic minorities are a “major” risk factor for Covid-19.
Addressing parliament last week, Hancock said there was “much more work to be done to understand the key factors of these differences, the links between the various risk factors and what we can do to bridge the gap.”
The Public Health England analysis found that the link between ethnicity and health was “complex and probably the result of a combination of factors”.
“First of all, people from BAME [black and minority ethnic] communities are likely to be at increased risk of acquiring the infection, “the government review said, noting that minorities were more likely to live in urban areas, overcrowded households, depopulated areas and have jobs. places that put them at higher risk.
“People from the BAME groups are also more likely than people of white British descent to be born abroad, which means they may face additional barriers to accessing services created, for example, by cultural and linguistic differences,” she added. .
The groups “are also at increased risk of worse results after acquiring the infection,” the agency said in a report.
CNN’s late Rahim contributed to this report.