Hospital ward closed after coronavirus outbreak among patients and staff

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A hospital ward has been closed to new admissions after a coronavirus outbreak among patients and staff.The ward at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland has been temporarily closed as staff work to minimize the spread of the virus.

All those affected have been traced and are isolating themselves, the hospital’s advice confirmed.

A statement from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: ‘We have a number of positive cases in a ward at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“The staff are working extremely hard to ensure that the appropriate measures have been taken to minimize the spread of the virus.



All those affected have been traced (archive photo)

“This includes the temporary closure of the service to new admissions and other Covid-19 control measures.

“All those affected have been searched for, tested and are self-isolating.

“All asymptomatic contact patients are treated separately from confirmed cases.



Staff are working hard to ensure the proper measures have been implemented (file photo)

“In the meantime, our staff continue to follow strict infection prevention and control guidelines to ensure that we are able to continue to treat our patients without putting them at additional risk from Covid-19.”

The shutdown comes as Boris Johnson addresses the nation today and is set to announce a slew of new lockdown restrictions that will affect millions of people.

This afternoon, the Prime Minister is expected to present a new “three-tier” coronavirus alert system.

Areas most affected by Covid-19 infections will be forced to close public places like pubs and gyms, while overnight stays will be banned as well as travel other than for work, education and essential activities.

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