Scientists have warned that a lack of physical distancing between staff – not just on wards, but also in canteens, offices, and corridors – could be fuelling the spread of disease.
A spokesman for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “An outbreak of Covid-19 was declared on Friday July 3, 2020. As of Tuesday July 7, 70 members of staff are now isolating, a number of whom have tested positive for Covid-19.
“As a result, the Trust has taken the precautionary decision to close Hillingdon Hospital to emergency ambulances and emergency admissions. The Trust is managing the outbreak in line with Public Health England guidance.”
The hospital serves the Prime Minister’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, and Mr Johnson sent a video message to staff at the hospital to mark International Nurses’ Day in May.
He thanked them for their care when he had been “idiotic enough to get a shard of coffee pot in my foot”.