Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in central London have confirmed 73 NHS staff have test positive with coronavirus, with 318 self-isolating.
A former World Health Organization (WHO) director, Anthony Costello revealed on Thursday the terrifying news that 73 out 181 staff who were tested have the deadly infection.
An internal email from the hospital reads, “We now have eight Covid-19 patients across the hospital. Through our staff testing, we have had 73 confirmed Covid positive staff members of of 181 tested.
“318 staff members are currently off work because they, or someone in their household, are displaying symptoms.
“This is similar to yesterday.”
Hospital bosses have limited the number of visitors to the children’s hospital to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
GOSH said in a statement on their website, “We are following official guidance from the NHS, UK Government and World Health Organisation.”
The news comes as over 29,000 people in the UK have tested positive for the virus and more than 2,300 people have died.
Dr Ami Jones who works at the Royal Gwent Hospital as an intensive care consultant said the hospital is “very, very busy.”
“It’s not just the vulnerable and elderly that are getting poorly, my unit is full of 20, 30 and 40-year-olds.”
Should hospitals become overwhelmed with infected patients then doctors will have to make those decisions, the latest guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA) states.
The BMA guidance warns of decisions in rationing scarce resources of ventilators which means a large proportion of patients may not receive the lifesaving treatment.