The pandemic threatens the welfare of the pregnant woman, said UNICEF

Pregnant women and newborn babies around the world do not receive enough medical support due to excessive load on the health pandemic coronavirus, the risk of higher neonatal mortality, told RIA Novosti the regional Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Europe and Central Asia Afshan Khan.

"We are seeing a redirect so many resources for health to respond to the pandemic, sometimes we do not understand... We expect that it will affect the health of people everywhere... On the background of the adoption of measures to curb COVID-19 pregnant women and children are at even greater risk if they have no access to a proper examination, care in childbirth and postnatal care," she said.

According to her, there is a possibility of increasing child mortality in the regions with a weak infrastructure in health care.

World health organization March 11 announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, the world is already identified more than 6.1 million cases, more than 376 thousand people died.

Relevant data on the situation of COVID-19 in Russia and the world presented on the portal stopmanager.of the Russian Federation.