This study assessed the National Health Service hospital admissions in England from April 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, using annual Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data (April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020) and monthly data available as Secondary Uses Service (April 1 to June 30, 2020). Findings suggest that there was no evidence of any increase in stillbirths regionally or nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic in England when compared with the same months in the previous year and despite variable community SARS-CoV-2 incidence rates in different regions.


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  2. Knight  M, Bunch  K, Vousden  N,  et al; UK Obstetric Surveillance System SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Pregnancy Collaborative Group.  Characteristics and outcomes of pregnant women admitted to hospital with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in UK: national population based cohort study.   BMJ. 2020;369:m2107.

  3. Khalil  A, von Dedelszan  P, Draycott  T, Ugwumadu  A, O’Brien  P, Magee  L.  Change in the incidence of stillbirth and preterm delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.   JAMA. 2020;324(7):705-706.


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