Paloma Faith has shed light on what it is like being pregnant in a pandemic.
The star, 39, who announced her pregnancy last year following six rounds of IVF treatment, showed off her growing baby bump on Friday as she recalled ‘feeling at risk’ during her hospital scan on Thursday, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking of her concerns with the current climate, she confessed that she felt ‘so sad’ for the exhausted NHS staff, as she witnessed the pressure they were under given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and a new strain.
‘It’s terrifying’: Pregnant Paloma Faith showed off her growing baby bump on Friday as she recalled ‘feeling at risk’ during her hospital scan on Thursday, amid the coronavirus pandemic
She shared a relaxed make-up free snap from home on social media and penned: ‘Pregnancy Diary. I went to the hospital yesterday for a scan. The placenta is still previa but baby doing ok.
‘What I did notice though is how stretched all the staff are. They are exhausted. This 2nd/3rd wave and the new strain everywhere. It’s terrifying.
‘Going into the hospital feels like a risk. I wear a visor and two masks and open every door with an anti-bac wipe. I must look OCD but I think it’s worth it.’
Paloma also blamed the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for his response to the current pandemic and shared her hopes of a new election.
Honest: The singer, 39, shared a relaxed make-up free snap to Instagram as she detailed her hospital experience and criticised Boris Johnson for his response to the pandemic
She continued: ‘When I get home from there I put all my clothes in the laundry and spray my coat with antibacterial spray. Wash my hands and face.
‘These are the times we are living in. I feel so sad for the people working in hospitals who are still working unvaccinated. This needs to be sped up.
‘Staff are missing because of having the virus. The whole thing is too much and that’s not to mention the PTSD they are all suffering from. Boris and his government have a lot to answer for.’
She concluded: ‘I wish we could have another election tomorrow!!!!! When I go in for my section I will probably attend in a full astronaut outfit! Ha!’ (sic)
Mixed reaction: Some of her followers criticised her comments regarding the Prime Minister while her famous pal Emma Willis penned: ‘You look gorgeous ❤️’
Some of her followers criticised her comments regarding the Prime Minister as one wrote: ‘Do you honestly believe that any other party would have been able to handle this pandemic?
‘This is unparalleled. No country other than (maybe, possibly) New Zealand have dealt with quite well.’
Another follower wrote: ‘I’m not sure boris asked people to ignore recommendations’. (sic)
Meanwhile her famous pal Emma Willis penned: ‘You look gorgeous ❤️,’ and Fearne Cotton left a string of heart emojis.
London is facing the biggest threat of the pandemic so far as the NHS buckles under the strain of coronavirus cases, experts warned on Thursday as a major incident was declared in the capital.
Fear: London is facing the biggest threat of the pandemic so far as the NHS buckles under the strain of coronavirus cases, experts warned as a major incident was declared in the capital
The city is one of the main hotspots of the latest wave of the virus which saw deaths reach a record high today, with its spread now ‘out of control’ in the metropolitan area.
Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that more than 1 per cent of the city’s nine million residents tested positive for COVID-19 last week, with one in 30 residents currently estimated to be infected.
In the worst-hit boroughs, it is feared the rate is as high as one in 20 and startling figures also show that hospital admissions rose by a quarter in the first week of January.
More than 7,000 NHS beds across the capital are currently occupied by COVID patients – 35 per cent higher than the busiest day of the pandemic in the spring.
Police blasted a ‘small selfish minority’ ignoring the rules and promised to come down hard on transgressors who are refusing to stop partying despite the highly transmissible pathogen being rife.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: ‘I know Londoners will be shocked that officers are still dealing with a small selfish minority who think the rules don’t apply to them by holding house parties, large warehouse raves or other gatherings. These are creating breeding grounds for the much more transmissible variant.’
The Government said a further 1,325 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday- the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began. It brings the UK total to 79,833.
Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s regional director for London, said: ‘This is the biggest threat our city has faced in this pandemic to date.’
Scary: Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that over 1 per cent of London’s nine million residents tested positive for COVID-19 last week, with one in 30 residents currently estimated to be infected