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  • Coronavirus: nurses not wearing masks led to A&E closure, inquiry finds

    Denis Campbell and Haroon Siddique
    Wed 15 Jul 2020 02.16 EDT

    Nurses not wearing face masks or staying two metres apart led to an outbreak of Covid-19 that shut an A&E unitafter 70 staff at a hospital had to go into quarantine, an inquiry has found.

    An investigation by Hillingdon hospital in north-west London has found that a nurse who had coronavirus unwittingly infected 16 others during a training session they all attended on 30 June, in what was described by a doctor as a “super-spreading event”.

    The hospital, which serves Boris Johnson’s constituency, made headlines last week when it stopped accepting emergency admissions because the outbreak had led to 70 staff being off work and in isolation.

    ... Hospital sources say that not everyone who attended wore a mask or stayed two metres apart, and that social distancing broke down to a significant extent during the lunch break.

    Staff at the hospital are baffled as to why the training session was allowed to go ahead, given that most medical training in the NHS is now done online to avoid people gathering.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/...mpression=true
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