Covid: Northampton hospital staff and patients in plea to follow rules

An intensive care sister has urged people to understand how serious Covid-19 is and to stick to lockdown rules.

Northampton General Hospital has had to turn some operating theatres into an overflow critical care area to cope with a rise in demand.

About 14 seriously ill patients were being looked after, though the hospital said cancer and other urgent surgery was still going ahead.

Sister Sophie Mayes said: "Please don't think this isn't real, this is actually happening in your local hospital. People are dying."