Carrie Symons, 31, has announced she has coronavirus after fiancee Boris Johnson went into isolation with the deadly pathogen.
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. To other pregnant women, please do read and follow the most up to date guidance which I found to be v reassuring.’
Pregnant woman were placed in a vulnerable group by the Chief Medical Officer on March 16.
The latest figures have shown that there are 41,903 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with 4,313 deaths.
Ms Symonds’s news comes after fiancee Boris Johnson was forced into isolation last Friday with coronavirus symptoms.
The Prime Minister was due to exit quarantine in Downing Street yesterday, seven days after testing positive, but in a recent video message he confirmed that he continues to have a high temperature and will therefore remain in isolation.
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.’
His official spokesman also told reporters: ‘He does continue to have mild symptoms, in particular a high temperature.
‘The guidance is clear that if you still have a high temperature you should keep self isolating until it returns to normal.’
On her Instagram on February 29, Ms Symonds shared an intimate photo of her and the PM 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.’
The date of their wedding has not been announced, but it will mark the first time in at least 250 years a sitting prime minister has married while in office.
The Prime Minister, 55, has at least five children, although he has never confirmed the exact number after imposing a blanket ban on talking about his family. This will be the first child born to his 31-year-old partner.
Mr Johnson, who has been married twice previously, finalised his divorce with estranged wife Marina Wheeler in February. The former couple have two daughters and two sons together.
Half of all pregnant women infected with the novel coronavirus deliver their babies early and they may even pass the disease to their newborns, two small studies find.
In one study, researchers from Chinaexamined 33 newborns whose mothers had COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, while pregnant.
Nearly 10 percent of the babies – three of them – were found to have the virus – including one that needed to be put on mechanical ventilation.
In the second study, looking at 32 pregnant women from China and Hong Kong, researchers found that 47 percent delivered their babies prematurely.
For the study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the team examined the medical records of 33 newborns born to women with COVID-19.
All the women were recruited from Wuhan Children’s Hospital, in Wuhan – where the virus is believed to have originated.
Of the 33 babies, three – all males born by Cesarean section – were diagnosed with the virus.
All three babies had pneumonia, a major complication of COVID-19. However, only two had fevers, and the other had shortness of breath and respiratory distress syndrome.
The first baby was born at 40 weeks’ gestation and started experiencing lethargy and fever on day two.
After a chest scan showed signs of pneumonia, he tested positive for the virus. By day six, however, he was negative.
The second baby, born at 40 weeks’ and 4 days’ gestation, similarly began experiencing lethargy, fever and vomiting soon after being born.
He tested positive on day 2 for COVID-19 and by day 6, he was negative.
The third infant, born prematurely at 31 weeks’ and two days’ gestation, had several more health issues than the other two.
He required mechanical ventilation and antibiotics after contracting sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which the immune system attacks itself.
By day seven, he tested negative.
‘Consistent with previous studies, the clinical symptoms from 33 neonates with or at risk of COVID-19 were mild and outcomes were favorable,’ the authors wrote.
They added that of the three babies born with COVID-19, the most seriously ill infant ‘may have been symptomatic from prematurity, asphyxia, and sepsis’ rather than from viral infection.
The team says that, because doctors implemented strict infection control and prevention procedures during delivery, it’s likely that mother transmitted the virus to their babies either in the womb or in childbirth.
‘It is crucial to screen pregnant women and implement strict infection control measures, quarantine of infected mothers, and close monitoring of neonates at risk of COVID-19,’ the researchers write.
In the second study, an OB/GYN from West Virginia, said he saw an increase in premature births in study of about 32 women from China and Hong Kong.
‘There was an increase in the pre-term birth rate. It was at 47 percent in that study,’ Dr Brandon Lingenfelter, an OB/GYN at Princeton Community Hospital told WVNS.
‘While it was small, that’s what it looks like we’re getting the most reports of is pre-term delivery.’
While he was still married to barrister Ms Wheeler, he began dating Tory PR adviser Ms Symonds, and the couple are believed to have been in a relationship for over a year.