Baby infected with COVID-19 in the womb: French study Jul 15, 2020 0 606 12345 PARIS: Doctors in France have described what they said was the first confirmed case of a newborn infected in the womb with COVID-19 by the mother.The baby boy, born in March, suffered brain swelling and neurological symptoms linked to COVID-19 in adults, but has since recovered, they reported on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Earlier research had pointed to the likely transmission of the virus from mother to foetus, but the study offers the first solid evidence, said senior author Daniele De Luca, a doctor at Antoine Beclere Hospital near Paris.“We have shown that the transmission from the mother to the foetus across the placenta is possible during the last weeks of pregnancy,” he said. Last week, researchers in Italy said that data on 31 pregnant women hospitalised with COVID-19 “strongly suggested” that the virus could be passed on to unborn infants. A JAMA study in March reporting on a similar number of pregnant COVID-19 patients came to a similar conclusion. But evidence remained circumstantial. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES US carries out first federal execution in 17 years Jul 15, 2020 0 1793 Scaled-down Bastille Day parade pays homage to French health workers Jul 15, 2020 0 611 Second virus wave in UK winter could see 120,000 deaths Jul 15, 2020 0 636 Tell-all book by Trump’s niece released after family bid to block it DPA New York A tell-all book by US President Donald Trump’s niece was published in the United States on Tuesday, despite attempts by family members to stop its release. In the memoir, ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My .. China to hit Lockheed Martin with sanctions over Taiwan deal AFP Beijing China said on Tuesday it would impose sanctions on US defence group Lockheed Martin, days after the United States approved a potential $620 million upgrade package for missiles to Taiwan -- fuelling tensions .. US stance on South China Sea undermines regional peace: Beijing DPA Beijing China on Tuesday criticised Washington for challenging Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said .. Japan defence review slams China’s virus ‘disinformation’ TOKYO: China has been spreading “disinformation” about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of “grave” concern, Japan said in its annual defence review published on Tuesday. After a period of warming .. French president wants face masks mandatory indoors as virus picks up PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that face masks could soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise. His .. Germany, Sweden lift COVID-19 travel restrictions BERLIN: Germany has lifted its travel warning for Sweden as the number of coronavirus cases there has fallen since the beginning of July. Sweden was the last country in Europe where the German Foreign Ministry had a travel .. Austria bans flights from Balkans to prevent imported virus cases VIENNA: Austria on Tuesday said it was suspending passenger flights from most Balkan countries, Moldova and Egypt to lower the risk of travellers infected with coronavirus entering the country. The measure will take .. UK U-turn as government confirms face mask order LONDON: Face masks will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday, marking a U-turn on previous policy. The new legislation will come into force ..