A nurse was photographed by a patient with just a basic apron to protect herself from the deadly coronavirus bug.
The shocking image comes to light after a hospital consultant became the first frontline NHS worker to die from coronavirus.
Fears are fears mounting that countless lives are being put a risk by a lack of testing and protective kit.
NHS England confirmed on Sunday that senior doctor Amged El-Hawrani, 55, died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester after testing positive for Covid-19.
It comes as Boris Johnson writes to every household in the country to warn that “things will get worse before they get better”.
The death toll from the outbreak rose 209 to 1,228 yesterday.
Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr El-Harwani, who died on Saturday, is understood to have contracted the virus several weeks ago.
In an emotional tribute his relatives called him “the rock of our family” who put everybody else first.
NHS England described Dr El-Hawrani as the first practising hospital doctor to die of the virus.
Dr Adil El Tayar, an organ transplant surgeon, 63, died in a London hospital last week after volunteering at an A&E department in the West Midlands.
An Essex GP, Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, died in intensive care at Southend Hospital last week after, according to his doctor daughter, “textbook symptoms” of the virus.
As worrying footage of a nurse working in a coronavirus ward wearing only basic protection was passed to the Mirror, the Doctors’ Association UK said it was “deeply saddened” by Dr El-Hawrani’s death.
And it urged the Government to make a priority of “protecting the lives of the life-savers”.
A joint statement from its president Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden and chair Dr Rinesh Parmar said: “It is simply unacceptable that some doctors still do not have access to adequate PPE.
“This is crucial, especially for the highest-risk procedures undertaken by intensive care doctors, anaesthetists and ENT surgeons.”
It is not known how Dr El-Hawrani contracted Covid-19.
On Sunday claims emerged that scientists predicted four years ago that the NHS would be overwhelmed if a deadly virus hit the country.
The Government exercise carried out by Imperial College London in 2016, predicted an outbreak of H2N2 flu would leave NHS unable to cope, due to a lack of PPE, and ventilators.
Ministers have promised that millions of pieces of protective kit will be delivered to key workers.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “We simply cannot ask people to be on the frontline without the right protective equipment.”
But footage, received by the Mirror shows an agency nurse working in a hospital wearing just a basic apron, short gloves, mask and goggles.
The paramedic beside her is in a long-sleeved gown and full head cover.
An unnamed woman, who filmed the clip last Wednesday is heard saying: “This is how it is.”
The hospital trust did not respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile staff at a London hospital are hiding PPE as shortages bite it is claimed.
“We’re in a situation where people are having to hide them for their own staff,” said one obstetrician.
Another NHS doctor said: “All my colleagues are nervous, some are going off sick because they don’t feel safe.”
The head the Royal College of Nursing says about 20% of frontline staff have had to take time off work to self-isolate having shown symptoms. Amid the shortage of kit, four volunteers have raised £500,000 to buy PPE.
Three doctors and an architect set up the appeal and Hollywood actor James McAvoy has backed their cause, by donating £275,000 saying: “NHS staff are heroes.”
To help ease the strain on staff Labour MP Margaret Hodge has called for the Government to help set up pop-up supermarkets in hospitals to make sure they can buy food.
It comes after grim stories of medics being unable to get supplies from shops emptied by panic buyers.
Ministers have repeatedly pledged to “ramp up” testing – promising to start testing NHS staff this week.
But the first new lab to open will initially process just 800 samples.
And there are concerns parts of the UK lack the necessary laboratories and staff.
Doctors in Cambridge reportedly claimed tests are taking up to four days to come back, while in Hull they were said to be taking 72 hours.
The turnaround time in London is thought to be down to 24 hours.
Ministers have ordered 17.5million tests following criticism last week that they had bought 3.5million without knowing they would work.
And the Government is today expected to confirm an order for thousands of ventilators. Cabinet minister Michael Gove yesterday refused to say when all NHS workers will be tested.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government was now able to test 10,000 people a day, but did not say when it hit its 25,000-a-day target.
A total of 127,737 people had been tested by yesterday morning, with 19,522 positive and 108,215 negative.
As infections surge doctors are having to “play God” with elderly Covid-19 patients.
One medic had to tell the family of a pensioner, who later died, she was “not a candidate” for intensive care. She said a ward at her hospital was full of “dementia sufferers” who “will all likely die”.