A protective device against coronavirus for at-risk doctors is to be provided free to the NHS.

The SNAP device for ear, nose and throat surgeons was created after Burton-upon-Trent consultant Amged El-Hawrani died with Covid-19 in March.

He was one of the UK’s first senior medics to die with the virus, his death showing that they were at serious risk.

The device clips over patients’ masks to prevent the virus spreading through coughs and sneezes.

It was developed by surgeons Ajith George and Chris Coulson, who said nasendoscopy procedures – where a small flexible tube fitted with a camera is inserted into the nose – often made patients cough, splutter and sneeze.

It works by clipping on to either side of a normal surgical face mask, creating a

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