Major pubic coronavirus outbreak infects 16 people with 350 awaiting test results

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Health bosses and residents await results of more than 350 coronavirus tests carried out after major pub-related outbreakThe number of cases related to the crown and anchor in Stone, North Staffordshire, and a private party has now risen to 16, it has been confirmed.

These include five people who tested positive for Covid-19 after coming into contact with someone else who had visited the pub, StokeonTrent Live reports.

Eyewitnesses described the pub “packed like sardines” with up to 200 punters on the site.

Visitors and staff who were at the boozer between July 16 and July 18 are now told to self-isolate and take emergency samples.



Drinkers and their Queue of Contacts to Test at Stone, Staffs

Four other pubs in the city have since closed their doors as a precaution after the outbreak

Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council, said: ‘They come from all over – 13 in Staffordshire and three in Stoke on Trent.

“Five are from the Stone area, and three are from elsewhere in the Stafford borough. There are three more in Stoke-on-Trent, three in the Staffordshire Moorlands and two in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

“We are now having conversations with all cases to make sure they are self-isolating – and to identify their contacts and having conversations with their contacts to make sure they are also self-isolating.



A man administers a swab test himself



Operation NHS Test and Trace in Stone

“We currently do not envision any restrictions at Stone or elsewhere. We will keep this under review, depending on the number of other cases we receive.

“Of the 498 people tested on Wednesday, we got 130 negative results, which is good. 368 results remain to come.

“We will take appropriate action based on the number of additional cases and we will be happy to update the community when this information is released.”

19-year-old Simon Lowe, from Meir, said: “I was at Stone this weekend and my employer told me to get tested because the people I was out with tonight -There went to the Crown and Anchor.

“I didn’t go to the Crown and Anchor because I could see it got hit. I chose not to come in just by looking at him.

“I’m glad I didn’t come in, but I have been in contact with people who have been there. I had no symptoms. ”

Residents can also get tested at the Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford centers.

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