Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, West London have been forced to close their doors to emergencies after 70 staff members went into self-isolation.
On Friday the outbreak was declared, and on Tuesday a number of staff members tested positive for the virus forcing 70 staff members are now isolating.
A Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said, “The trust has taken the precautionary decision to close Hillingdon Hospital to emergency ambulances and emergency admissions
“The trust is managing the outbreak in line with Public Health England guidance.”
Professor Kevin Fenton, London’s regional director for Public Health England, said: “We are supporting Hillingdon Hospital after a number of staff who are now self-isolating tested positive for Covid-19.
“Together with the trust’s management, the local authority public health team and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, PHE’s role is to provide advice on actions that can limit the spread of infection including enhanced cleaning, reviewing infection control practices and reinforcing hand hygiene and social distancing.
“Overall, levels of coronavirus across London boroughs, including Hillingdon, remain low and steady. This incident is currently isolated to the hospital with no indication of wider community transmission, however we remain vigilant and are carefully monitoring the situation.”