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Pregnant Covid-19 patient: ‘Stop going out’ | World news

Struggling to breathe, a heavily pregnant British woman has pleaded with people to stop going out as she battles coronavirus in hospital.

In a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Karen Mannering said she had pneumonia in both lungs and had been ill for two weeks.

“I’m fighting for me and my baby,” Mannering, 39, said with a breathing tube in her nose. “I’ve got three kids at home and a husband who I can’t see. I don’t know where I’ve caught it from but I’m very ill. This is horrendous.”

Mannering, a beauty therapist from Herne Bay, Kent, is six and half months pregnant and found out after four days in hospital that she had tested positive for Covid-19.

In a video from her hospital bed she begged people to stay at home. “I’m telling you now, if you are going to meet your friend for a stupid beer or a sea walk because the weather is nice, you are going to take this home and you are going to kill someone, one of your family members.

“Stop going out and listen to Boris. Just don’t go out, it’s not worth it.”

What do the restrictions involve?

People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:

  • Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
  • Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
  • Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals

Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.

The World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe illness than the general population if they contract Covid-19, but the UK government has advised them to minimise social contact for up to 12 weeks.

Mannering posted a video update on Thursday to say she had come off oxygen for the first time in five days, but was still struggling to breathe as she sat up in bed.

“So this is me managing to sit up, only for a minute but it’s a start. I have to do this now, push myself, because I’ve got to do this for me and the baby, I’ve got to,” she said through laboured breathing. “It is absolutely incredible, this is me sitting up, after a minute.”

She added: “I’m making small, small steps now, the nurses are encouraging me and telling me I need to do this for me and my son.”

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