26 Aug Coronavirus: 350 staff at poultry factory told to self-isolate after COVID-19 outbreak | UK News
Hundreds of workers at a poultry factory have been told to self-isolate after a coronavirus outbreak led to 75 positive cases.
Banham Poultry in Norfolk has agreed to close part of its site following advice from Public Health England and Norfolk Public Health.
All 350 staff who work in the cutting room area of the factory have been asked to isolate.
Those who tested positive for COVID-19 will quarantine for 10 days, while those who were negative will isolate for 14 days.
The area of the factory affected will be deep cleaned.
Norfolk Public Health said these actions are being taken because it believes it is the most effective way to protect the wider public from further transmission.
There have been 75 positive cases, out of 347 people tested.
Norfolk Public Health said in a statement: “This has been an incredibly tough decision for Banham Poultry, whose management team has worked tirelessly today to make arrangements for this partial closure, balancing the protection of the public, their staff and their business.”
It added there is no evidence of increased risk to the general public, and the risk of infection from food products is very low.
Earlier this month, nearly 300 employees tested positive for coronavirus at the Greencore factory in Northampton.
The factory, which makes sandwiches for M&S and employs around 2,100 people, said some of its staff are now self-isolating.
Banham Poultry and Greencore are among several UK food processing plants hit by coronavirus outbreaks, including in Wisbech, Wrexham, Cleckheaton, Merthyr Tydfil and Llangefni.
Public Health England (PHE) said there had been a further 1,048 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases as of 9am on Wednesday. Overall, 328,846 cases have been confirmed.
PHE also said there have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths as of Wednesday, taking the total of number of people who have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 to 41,465.