More than 70 NHS workers at a London hospital tested positive for the coronavirus.
Seventy-three workers from Great Ormond Street were diagnosed with the virus, of which 318 in total fell ill.
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Former WHO director Anthony Costello tweeted that he had received an email informing him of the epidemic.
He said 73 of the 181 staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) tested positive.
And he added, “An informant tells me that social distance from the hospital is a fiction.
“Regardless of the inadequacies of PPE for contact with patients, my concern is with the use of masks in non-clinical hospital areas. Many team members transfer to a small office without using masks. “
This comes after concerns that NHS workers may not have been given the appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure their safety when treating patients with coronavirus in the country.
The best doctors have warned that doctors treating first-line coronavirus patients will die if they are not provided with proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
The British Medical Association says thousands of general practitioners and hospital staff are still not getting the kit they need to protect themselves and those with Covid-19.
And so far, only 2,000 of the 550,000 NHS workers have been tested for coronavirus with the government under increasing pressure to protect front-line health workers.
Last night it was revealed that only 2,000 British infantrymen had been tested for the deadly virus, Boris Johnson admitting the numbers should be increased now.
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Thousands of doctors, general practitioners, nurses and paramedics are stranded in quarantine because they have symptoms, or someone at home.
About 85% could return to work if they knew they weren’t carrying the virus.
And it came as a driving test center for the heroes of NHS employees at IKEA was hit by chaos with huge queues and the staff turned away.
Hundreds of drivers desperate to return to work could be seen waiting in the store car park in Wembley, north London.
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Long queues of cars were built at a test center at Ikea in Wembley, while another at Chessington World of Adventures was almost deserted. .
Experts estimate that up to 200,000 NHS workers who are currently absent from work could return if tested quickly.
GOSH was contacted for comment.