A HOSPITAL was forced to close its A&E because of a spike in coronavirus cases caused by people celebrating VE Day, a doctor said last night.
Weston General Hospital stopped accepting new admissions after a rise over the weekend.
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Experts say socialising on VE Day was to blame and warned more hospitals could also close their doors if Brits do not follow lockdown advice.
Dr Bharat Pankhania, lecturer in public health medicine at the University of Exeter, told The Sun:
“They have got too many cases and it is unfortunate as it reflects what was going on two or three weeks ago.
“It is activities like VE Day where people drop their guard that have led to new infections.
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“If people start to drop their guard they will get infected and it will lead to a rise in the transmission of new infections.”
Folk enjoying beaches in the hot weather is also said to be a factor.
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the Somerset site, said it was “a precautionary measure” to “maintain the safety of staff and patients”.
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