18 Feb 2021

Half of pregnant women ‘do not feel safe at work’ during coronavirus pandemic

Health and Social Care Editor

There were more signs that lockdown is working today, as research from Imperial College estimated infections have dropped by more than two-thirds since January.

The prevalence of the virus is at levels similar to those in September last year, but the number of cases in hospitals in the first full week of February was higher than it was at the peak of the first wave.

The latest 24-hour government figures show a further 454 people are reported to have died with Covid, bringing the UK total to more than 119,000.

There have been another 12,000 new cases in the UK and an additional 482,000 people received their first dose of the Covid vaccine yesterday, meaning that more than 16 million people have now received their first dose.

Tonight, we have an exclusive survey of pregnant women that reveals more than half say they do not feel safe at work – and more than a quarter haven’t had covid-related risk assessments.