Tameside hospital fights England’s first fatal outbreak of hospital-acquired Covid

Exclusive: inquiry launched as several patients die of Covid-19 after becoming infected while being treated for other illnesses

A small district hospital where more than a third of all coronavirus deaths among inpatients in England occurred last week is battling the country’s first known fatal outbreak of hospital-acquired Covid-19, the Guardian can reveal.

The NHS has launched an inquiry after an unknown number of patients died of Covid-19 after becoming infected when they were in hospital being treated for another illness.

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