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London [UK], November 10 (ANI): Severe COVID-19 infection appears rare in new-born babies, suggests a new study.

The UK-wide analysis, led by researchers from Imperial College London and the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, is the first study analysing COVID-19 infections in newborns across the whole UK.

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The study, published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, traced all babies less than 29 days old with COVID-19 across the UK, who needed to be admitted into the hospital.

The analysis, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, traced these babies with COVID-19 between the beginning of March and end of April, at the peak of the first wave of the UK COVID-19 pandemic. Babies were tracked using a national system called the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit that all paediatricians in the UK contribute to.

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The study found 66 babies required hospital treatment for COVID-19 infection in this period. This is the equivalent of 1 in 1785 births or 0.06 per cent of births.

Nearly half (45 per cent) of the babies who developed severe infection were from Black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Around one in four of the babies (24 per cent) were born prematurely (defined as being born before 37 weeks). These are both higher than would be expected from the UK birth population.

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