LONDON (REUTERS) - Pregnant women infected with Covid-19 and their newborn children face higher risks of complications than was previously known, a study by British scientists showed on Friday (April 23). An infection of the new coronavirus in such newborns is associated with a three-fold risk of severe medical complications, according to a study conducted by scientists at the University of Oxford. While pregnant women are at higher risk of complications such as premature birth, high blood pressure with organ failure risk, need for intensive care and possible death. "Women with Covid-19 during pregnancy were over 50 per cent more likely to experience pregnancy complications compared to pregnant women unaffected by Covid-19," said Aris Papageorghiou, co-lead of the trial and a professor of fetal medicine at Oxford University. The study was conducted in more than 2,100 pregnant women across 18 countries, where each woman affected by Covid-19 was compared to two non-infected women giving birth at the same time in the same hospital. Findings from the study, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, also showed a delivery by caesarean section may be associated with an increased risk of virus infection in newborns. However,
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A US government commission on Wednesday (April 21) urged the Biden administration to not send officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing religious persecution including China's repression of Uighur Muslims, which Washington has labelled genocide. President Joe Biden's administration signalled earlier this year that it had no plans to bar American athletes from participating in the Beijing Games. But calls from lawmakers and activists have been mounting for a coordinated diplomatic boycott in which athletes would compete but government representatives would shun the Games. Some have also made a case for a possible postponement or relocation of the event scheduled for next February. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom in an annual report encouraged Washington to continue to impose targeted financial and visa sanctions on Chinese government agencies and officials responsible for "systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations." It also recommended that the US government "publicly express concerns about Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and state that US government officials will not attend the games if the Chinese government's crackdown on religious freedom continues." Activists and UN rights experts say at least a million Muslims have been detained in camps
COLORADO (NYTIMES) - A video released this week shows Colorado police officers laughing at footage of their department's roadside arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia. The woman, Karen Garner of Loveland, Colorado, walked out of a Walmart last year without paying for US$13.88 (S$18.41) worth of items. Police officers broke a bone in her arm and dislocated her shoulder, according to a lawsuit she filed against the city and the officers. In the newly released footage, an hour-long video uploaded to YouTube by the law firm representing Garner, three Loveland police officers laugh while they watch footage of Garner's arrest. "Hear the pop?" one officer says. "What did you pop?" asks another. "I think it was her shoulder," the first officer responds. On Sunday (April 25), Garner's lawsuit was amended to add more officers as defendants. "Can you stop it now?" one officer says as they watch the body camera footage of the arrest. "I hate it." "I love it," another officer says, with a laugh. "This is great." Before watching the footage, one officer asks another if he had read Garner her Miranda rights. The officer says he had not.