A 'HANDFUL' of patients at one hospital trust have tested positive for coronavirus today – raising fears of an outbreak of the killer bug.
Wards have been shut at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals, in Buckinghamshire, after 'a number' of patients were diagnosed with Covid-19.
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It is not yet known if any patients were infected inside either hospital or the specific number of patients involved.
The wards affected have been temporarily closed to new admissions and visitors.
Staff members and patients who have come into contact with those infected are being informed.
A statement by Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust said: "A small number of patients at Wycombe Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
"The patients are being cared for appropriately at the hospitals where they continue to be monitored and treated.
"Staff and others who have come into contact with the patients are being informed and advised about what precautions they may need to take.
"The wards affected are temporarily closed to new admissions and visitors. Patients affected by the temporary closures will be contacted directly."
Meanwhile, a second member of staff at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has tested positive for the deadly bug.
It comes after a top surgeon at the hospital returned with symptoms from a family skiing trip in northern Italy last week.
It is understood to second case was diagnosed after contact tracing by Public Health England.
Symptoms of coronavirus take up to two weeks from contraction to showing and the virus can be passed on without people knowing they have it.
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