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Patients die at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital as Covid outbreak hits cancer ward

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COVID-19 in a Scots hospital.Six patients within an oncology ward in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital have been confirmed with the virus and a “very small number” of other patients have died.A spokeswoman said:  “Our thoughts are with their family at this sad time.

We are unable to be specific about the number because the total is fewer than five.”The oncology ward has been closed to new admissions and discharges while investigations are underway and to allow tests to be carried out.All patients have been told of the outbreak and contact tracing, where necessary for visitors or outpatients, is being carried out by NHS Lothian’s Health Protection Team and the nationwide Test and Protect teams.A multi-disciplinary Incident Management Team.

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