Swedish: Entire maternity ward Covid-infected

A maternity ward of a Swedish hospital is fully occupied by women infected with COVID-19, Swedish Television (SVT) reported on Thursday.

Stockholm: The country has been hit by a surge of the Omicron variant, smashing the previous record of new confirmed cases in 24 hours by half. This is also reflected among pregnant women.

SVT reported that almost all the 11 pregnant women who tested positive were unvaccinated.

According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden, pregnant women have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, and an infection may also lead to premature delivery.

The agency therefore strongly recommends that expectant women get vaccinated.

Despite this, only 54 percent of women who gave birth in December 2021 had received at least one dose of vaccine, the authority said in a report.

This compares to 85.9 percent of the population aged 12 and older who had received at least the first dose as of Wednesday.

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