Inflatable Christmas suit may have fanned coronavirus spread in US hospital

An air-powered costume worn to 'lift spirits' may be behind 44 cases, including one death

An inflatable festive costume worn by a hospital staff member is suspected of being the source of a COVID-19 outbreak which has infected 44 and killed one in the US.

Officials at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center in California are investigating the possibility that a staff member who dressed up in an inflatable tree costume to cheer patients on Christmas Day may have sparked the ED cluster.