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Evidence on vertical transmission of COVID-19 and neonatal outcomes among exposed newborns is still emerging, thus posing a challenge for preventive interventions. Perinatal transmission to the neonates, especially during breastfeeding and rooming in, is also relatively unknown. This study observed clinical characteristics of 162 mothers and 165 neonates. It found an increased incidence of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meconium stained liquor and caesarean section delivery in COVID hospitals. A possible vertical transmission was found in 9.4% cases. None of the neonates developed any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection during rooming in and breastfeeding. These insights can be useful for implementers. Click here to read the study.