Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow has declared a critical incident due to a surge in patients being admitted to the hospital with COVID-19.
London has become the epicentre of the outbreak with hundreds of confirmed cases throughout the capital.
Yesterday evening, a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had died, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths at the hospital to six.
Speaking yesterday, A LNWH spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that sadly, two patients at Northwick Park Hospital who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total at LNWH to six.
“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”
Less than 24 hours after this statement was released, the hospital has declared a critical incident as it runs out of bed spaces for patients who are in a critical condition.
Members of the public are being urged to stay at home and only to go outside if absolutely necessary as the virus claims more victims.
Northwick Park Hospital is the first to declare a critical incident, but it is expected that more hospitals will follow.
Sky News reports that Northwick Park Hospital told its staff that it did not have enough space for patients requiring critical care after being overwhelmed with patients suffering from COVID-19.
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