The BBC gets caught red-handed spreading fake news about a ward full of children with Covid, hospital quickly debunks the lies.

  • Paediatrician Dr Ronny Cheung blasted ‘lies’ around children with Covid-19
  • He said there were not ‘wards’ filled with children suffering from coronavirus
  • A matron at a London hospital claimed she was seeing ‘whole wards’ of children 

A London children’s hospital consultant has blasted an ‘irresponsible’ nurse who gave a BBC radio interview claiming her hospital has a ‘whole ward of children’ with coronavirus.

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Paediatrician Dr Ronny Cheung took to social media to blast the matron’s claims during an interview with Adrian Chiles on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Laura Duffel told the BBC: ‘It was minimally affecting children in the first wave but we have a whole ward of children here and I know some of my colleagues are in the same situation with whole wards of children with Covid.’

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In a Twitter thread Dr Cheung, a consultant at a London children’s hospital, said Ms Duffel’s comments were ‘irresponsible in the extreme’.

It comes as a report from Imperial College London warned the mutated super-infectious coronavirus strain was spreading quickly among children, but young people are not thought to be suffering from more severe symptoms.