Up to 20% of hospital patients in England contracted coronavirus during another illness | News from the world


Up to one-fifth of patients with Covid-19 in several hospitals contracted the disease during the pandemic when they were already being treated for another disease, NHS chiefs told experienced doctors and nurses.

Some of the infections were transmitted by hospital staff who were unaware that they had the virus and had no symptoms, while the coronavirus patients were responsible for the others.

The numbers represent the NHS England’s first estimate of the magnitude of the Covid-19 problem acquired at the hospital, which last week said that Boris Johnson was causing an “epidemic” of deaths. In a national briefing last month on infection control and Covid-19, the NHS England told medical directors and chief nurses of all intensive care hospitals in England that it had found that 10% to 20% of people hospitalized with the disease had it they were hospitalized.


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