Six recent stillbirths in Ireland have been linked to a Covid-19 related infection of the placenta, according to latest figures.
A total of seven cases of Covid-19 related placentitis have been reported; six stillbirths and one case in which the baby was born safely after emergency intervention.
In light of the new evidence, officials are considering whether to strengthen the virus-related advice for pregnant women, particularly in relation to attendance at workplaces.
Since the original reports, perinatal pathologists have “hardened their opinion” and are “more certain” about the link between the condition and the disease, Peter McKenna, director of the HSE national women and infants programme, confirmed.
The new evidence of a risk to the foetus “puts a different slant on things”, he said. “This shows it is more important than ever that women avoid contracting Covid when they are expecting.”