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    A critical incident has been declared at Watford General Hospital today.
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  • No new patients are being admitted apart from pregnant women.
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  • This means that the A&E department is closed.
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  • The shutdown is due to a 'technical issue with the hospital's oxygen equipment'.
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  • For more details, see the blog updates below.
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  • Meanwhile, people have been urged to stay at home this weekend, despite the warm weather, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the public should stick with the social distancing rules and resist the temptation to enjoy the sunshine forecast for swathes of the UK on Saturday and Sunday.
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  • A total of 31 coronavirus patients at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust who had tested positive for coronavirus have died.
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  • Across the UK the death toll currently stands at 4,313.