Covid-19 has been confirmed as a “significant factor” in four stillbirths, an Nphet briefing heard tonight.
The four stillbirths, first reported on Thursday, are linked to a rare inflammation of the placenta — Covid placentitis. One case of placentitis was previously reported in Cork, but that baby survived. Of 15 such cases of Covid placentitis reported globally, five have occurred in Ireland.
Dr Cliona Murphy, chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, expressed condolences to the families.
She said: “For these four cases, it is the view of the pathologists conducting these investigations that Covid-19 was the significant factor that resulted in the stillbirth of these babies.