Coronavirus: Epidemic’ reports in Leicester and Cleckheaton


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Leicester city council, the director of public health, said the lock of the rules have been relaxed, but there is always a risk of infection

Coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in Leicester and to a meat processing plant in Yorkshire.

Approximately 25% of Leicester 2,494 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported in the past two weeks, according to official figures.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said officials were working hard to follow those who are affected.

During this time, a number of confirmed cases reported to the Kober factory at Cleckheaton, a provider of Asda stores.

Leicester City Council director of public health, said the numbers – 658 in the last fortnight – have been “relatively low,” but of the concern.

Ivan Browne stated that the city had high levels of health problems such as diabetes, the ” pockets of deprivation, and very significant Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minorities of the population “.

“We know that these factors combine to create high risk, most vulnerable members of the population who is more susceptible to the coronavirus,” he said.

In spite of the trigger lock of the rules, Mr. Browne has warned that the country was still in the grip of a pandemic.

The daily Downing Street briefing, Mr Hancock said that there was an “outbreak right now in parts of Leicester,” and that officials were working hard to track the people affected.

He also mentioned that another clutch of cases of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire.

Thursday evening, Asda said it would temporarily close the processing plant of meat.

In a statement, he said: “as soon as we became aware that some of our colleagues, to our Kober site may have Covid-19, we responded quickly and worked in collaboration with the local authority and Public Health England for testing of all colleagues.

“We have voluntarily closed the site to protect colleagues and prevent any further transmission.

“Colleagues who need to self-isolate will receive pay and we aim to re-open the facility early next week. “

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Matt Hancock has announced there had been an “outbreak” in Leicester

The manner in which the news was broken by Mr. Hancock has drawn criticism from some Labour Mps.

Tracy Brabin, the MEMBER of parliament for Batley and Spen, which includes the site of the meat processing plant at Cleckheaton, said she was “extremely disappointed” the secretary of state for health, announced the outbreak to the daily news saying that he has “breathed” the anguish of his constiuency.

She added that it was “incredibly careless” and risky ” inciting panic among the local communities.”

Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman tweeted that the ad was also taken by surprise.

In a tweet, Kirklees Council director of public health Rachel Spencer-Henshall said that there had been a number of positive cases Covid-19 to work in the region.

The authority has provided support to managers and employees in order to minimize the transmission, ” she said, and offered testing to the staff.

Mr Hancock praised the local authorities and public health officials for doing a ” remarkable job “.

Earlier, it appeared workers from two food processing plants in the country of Wales had been tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why don coronavirus hit so many meat processing plants?

The analysis by David Shukman, science editor

Everywhere, the cold, damp, and inside is an ideal environment for the coronavirus to thrive.

It survives better on surfaces in cold, especially if there is no dry breeze to get rid of the moisture or the ultraviolet light from the sun to kill him.

Add to that the challenges of social distance on a long production line, in collaboration with loud machinery, forcing the staff to make their voices heard.

Researchers know that the situations in which people sing or scream – increases the chances of the project the virus to other people nearby.

According to Professor Martin Bernier, a specialist in infectious diseases at the University of Liverpool and an adviser to the government, the meat processing plants can be ” a perfect environment for the virus to persist on surfaces and in the air “.

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