BORIS Johnson's pregnant girlfriend Carrie Symonds revealed she has been suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
Despite keeping away from the infected PM, the 32-year-old, who falls into the high-risk category, announced that she had spent the past week bedbound.
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Ms Symonds posted on Twitter earlier today and said: "I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus.
"I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.
"Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously worrying."
The pair shared their baby news five weeks ago and are due to tie the knot in the summer.
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On Instagram, Ms Symonds shared an intimate snap of her and Boris and wrote: "I wouldn't normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me.
"Many of you already know but for my friends that still don't, we got engaged at the end of last year… and we've got a baby hatching early summer."
Boris revealed on Friday that he is still self-isolating after continue to suffer with Covid-19 symptoms.
In a video he shared, he said: "Although I'm feeling better, and I've done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom – I still have a temperature.
"So in accordance with Government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes."
COVID-19 AND PREGNANCY
- Pregnant women are in the high risk category so should be following the guidelines put in place.
- According to Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, there is no evidence to suggest an increase risk of miscarriage, should the mother fall ill with coronavirus.
- Emerging evidence suggests that transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy or birth (vertical transmission) is probable.
- Some babies born to women with symptoms of coronavirus in China have been born prematurely.
- It is unclear whether coronavirus caused early labour, or whether it was recommended that the baby was born early in order to preserve the mother’s health.
- The UK is conducting near-real-time surveillance (observation) of all women who develop COVID-19 during pregnancy and their newborn babies, through well-established systems already used by all maternity units.
The Prime Minsiter, 55, has at least five children, although has never confirmed the exact number after imposing a blanket ban on talking about his family.
Professor Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, said that including pregnant women in this group was a "precautionary measure" as experts are "early in our understanding of this virus".
And his deputy, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said it's hoped that these new measures will reduce the infection rate and protect those at higher risk.
He told the BBC: "When it comes to this coronavirus, it is a new disease, it's been with humans around the world for just a few months.
"We are being very precautionary in terms of the advice we are giving to pregnant women to increase their social distancing.
"We know that a whole range of normal infections are more serious in pregnancy and the advice we're giving is extremely precautionary."
He added: "The early signal, and it is only an early signal, is that the highest risk is only going to be towards the end of the third trimester, so from the 34th week, that kind of position in the pregnancy.
Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously worrying.
"But we are being very precautionary and saying that because we don't know enough about this disease yet.
"We haven't got enough information on the disease in pregnant women, that the best thing to do is take a precautionary approach and advise social distancing and to identify that this is strongly advised for pregnant women as a whole group."
This comes as 708 more people died on the deadliest day yet – bringing the total to 4,353.
NHS England confirmed there were 637 deaths in hospital in 24 hours including the young child, who had underlying health conditions.
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The new figures from the Department of Health show cases today rose by 3,735 – less than yesterday's rise of 4,450 – suggesting the 'curve' may be flattening out.
Those testing positive for Covid-19 had been rising on average by around 17 percent per day but today is the first time there has been a drop in the rate of infection.
In Scotland, a further 46 people have died – bringing the total number of deaths to 218.
Wales has reported 13 more deaths – with their total now at 154.
While in Northern Ireland, there have been a further eight deaths – bringing the total to 56.
The Department of Health revealed the number of tests being carried out has actually dropped since yesterday despite promises by the government to ramp it up.
Yesterday, 11,764 tests were carried out yesterday in England – but today just 10,984 tests were done, under the capacity of 12,799 per day.
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