An expectant mother who tested positive for coronavirus has died during labour while her newborn baby survived – a case which brought hospital workers to tears.
Staff at Whittington Hospital in London fought to keep the baby alive after the mother died, according to The Mirror.
It is not known if the mother had any underlying health conditions or if COVID-19 was the cause of death, which has not been ruled out, according to The Sun.
However it has been widely reported the mother did test positive for the deadly virus.
A source told The Sun the death “totally poleaxed” staff.
“There is a huge sense of disbelief at the unfairness of this devastating death,” the source said.
“Senior hospital workers were in tears. The only consolation is that the baby survived the mum's death.”
The death was confirmed by a Whittington Health NHS Trust spokesperson and it was understood the baby had not been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to The Mirror.
In the UK more than 55,900 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
Meanwhile the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care and is receiving oxygen, after he was hospitalised for COVID-19.
The 55-year-old tested positive nearly two weeks ago and was taken to hospital on Sunday evening as he had a persistent high temperature and cough.
But his condition deteriorated on Monday and he was rushed to an intensive care unit.
Worldwide there are more than 1.4 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 82,000 people have died.
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