Coronavirus outbreak at sandwich factory as almost 300 staff test positive

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A large coronavirus outbreak has been found at a sandwich factory in Northampton, with almost 300 staff testing positive.

Greencore, the factory affected, said many staff are now self-isolating.

Sky News reports that 79 workers have tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus via NHS testing – while a further 213 positive results came back following the company's private testing.

Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Northamptonshire County Council reportedly relayed the statistics following the news of the outbreak.

A spokesperson for Greencore has confirmed that they had recorded positive test results after introducing routine testing to staff.

The company said in a statement: "As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Northampton area, we took the decision to start proactively testing all of the colleagues at our Northampton site.

"We can confirm that a number of colleagues have tested positive for the virus and are now self-isolating.

"We are liaising closely with PHE East Midlands, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, who are fully supportive of the controls that we have on site."

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The outbreak has prompted fears that a local lockdown may be enforced in Northampton as a consequence.

ITV reports Northampton has seen "149 positive tests for coronavirus in the fortnight to Friday 7 August 2020."

The numbers are said to be an increase of 33% in the two weeks prior.

Areas of the UK including Aberdeen, Greater Manchester and parts of Yorkshire have seen local lockdowns introduced in recent weeks following flare ups in COVID-19 infection rates.

Locals are asked not to go to work in local lockdowns, while local businesses can be forced to close.

The public are advised to check the government coronavirus update website for full details of local lockdowns and lists of do's and don't associated with such measures.

The website is: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19

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