Tesco shuts superstore after Covid outbreak infects 50 staff and ‘kills one’

A Tesco superstore has cautiously reopened after being forced to close following a Covid-19 outbreak that infected 50 members of staff and left one dead.

The Stretford Extra branch on Chester Road in Trafford, Greater Manchester, was forced to close on Saturday in order to facilitate a deep clean of the store following an outbreak of the coronavirus.

However, it is back open and ready for business after cleaners successfully scrubbed down the super-sized shop – with members of the public now welcome to return to the store.

The workforce at the store was reduced as many had to take time off to isolate at home following an outbreak of Covid at the store.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the shop was shut on Saturday with local shoppers turned away in the morning when they arrived to conduct a weekly shop.

The outlet reports: “the reason for the closure was to carry out a deep clean of the premises, and to ensure that staff could be tested before entering the store.”

It is believed that Tesco are working in conjunction with Trafford Council in order to get the Covid situation in the store under control.

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The supermarket chain has not confirmed the exact number of staff currently off sick with the life-threatening violence, but the Manchester Evening News reports the number of infected could be as high as 50.

While one member of staff has reportedly died after testing positive for the virus the chain did not officially confirm a cause of death “out of respect for the employee's family”.

The chain has stated that sanitising stations, protective screens and face coverings are among the protective items on offer to staff in store.

While a limit on members of the public entering the store is enforced, the public are to wear face masks in store, and signs are in place to advise the public on the ongoing pandemic.

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A Tesco spokesperson said: "The safety of our colleagues and customers is our immediate priority.

"Our Stretford Extra is now open again after a temporary closure to carry out a deep clean and ensure that colleagues can get tested before entering the store.

"We continue to work in partnership with Trafford Council and follow all Government guidance and recommendations agreed in consultation with the local Public Health authority, and apologise for any disruption this may have caused."

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