Up to 20% of hospital patients in England got coronavirus while in for another illness

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Exclusive: Some infections were passed on by hospital staff who were unaware they had Covid-19

Up to a fifth of patients with Covid-19 in several hospitals contracted the disease over the course of the pandemic while already being treated there for another illness, NHS bosses have told senior doctors and nurses.

Some of the infections were passed on by hospital staff who were unaware they had the virus and were displaying no symptoms, while patients with coronavirus were responsible for the others.

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