People who reportedly visited Wycombe Hospital to take photos amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis have been branded "idiots" by the chief of Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

Trust CEO Neil Macdonald shared a BBC news story on Twitter which detailed how Covid deniers were removed from Colchester Hospital at the weekend amid claims they were taking photos of empty corridors and then posting them on social media and saying the hospital was not in crisis.

He said "similar idiots" visited the High Wycombe hospital to take photos of "the car park and a closed Costa" last week.

He added that they had been caught on CCTV.

Photos of empty hospital corridors have been popping up on social media thanks to conspiracy theorists who seem convinced the pandemic is a hoax.

Public Health England figures show that 18,307 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (January 5) in Buckinghamshire - up from 17,735 the same time on Monday.

Mr Macdonald's tweet prompted outrage, with one person saying: "These people anger me so much."

The hospital chief responded: "People are just upset and it manifests itself in strange ways sometimes."