Coronavirus strikes Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London

An employee at one of the UK's largest childrens' hospitals has tested positive for coronavirus .

Great Ormond Street in central London says a health worker in its cardiology department has the virus.

The hospital has now cancelled some non-essential cardiac operations for the next two weeks.

"A healthcare professional who works in our cardiology department has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19)," the hospital said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We would like to reassure our families that anybody who came into close contact with this individual is being informed and will be offered advice.

"The majority of services are unaffected and all essential treatment is being carried out, and to ensure patient and staff safety the cardiology department will not be carrying out non-essential cardiac procedures including surgery and outpatients."

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Contact tracing is now underway to find out who has been in close contact with the infected person.

Everyone who has been in contact with the hospital worker is being informed and will be offered advice from health professionals.

A total of 373 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK so far, up from 319 on Monday, the Department of Health announced today.

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