Tesco supermarket hit by coronavirus outbreak amid spike in Covid cases in Swindon

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A Tesco supermarket has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak amid an increase in the number of cases in Swindon.

The chain confirmed that the affected staff of its Extra store are now self-isolating, a spokesperson confirmed today.

Swindon was recently placed on a government watch list following an upsurge in COVID-19 infections, but he is not currently on a local lockdown.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have introduced extensive measures in all of our stores to help keep everyone safe, including protective screens at each checkout, social distance signage and on-site cleaning. regular depth. “

The chain has confirmed that the affected staff of its Extra store are now self-isolating, a spokesperson confirmed today.

The city was also hit by new outbreaks over the weekend, with 51 Icelandic warehouse workers testing positive for the disease.

Deposits at Honda and Royal Mail have also seen small outbreaks after the lockdown restrictions were eased.

Three other crew members from the town’s fire station were also found to have the highly contagious disease.

Swindon was added to the coronavirus surveillance report on August 7, released by Public Health England.

The list covers places where additional measures such as local lockouts or increased testing can be introduced.

The latest figures revealed that the city has recorded 1,020 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Depots at Honda (pictured) and Royal Mail also saw small outbreaks after lockdown restrictions eased

Depots at Honda (pictured) and Royal Mail also saw small outbreaks after lockdown restrictions eased

The affected store employs hundreds of people and delivers to residents. The exact number of workers who tested positive is unknown.

A spokesperson for the Swindon Borough Council public health department told The Sun: ‘We are aware of the very small number of cases of Covid-19 affecting staff at the Tesco store.

“Our public health team works closely with Tesco and his colleagues at Public Health England.

“All affected staff are self-isolating in accordance with government guidelines.

It comes as Boris Johnson has said ministers “would not hesitate” to impose a quarantine system on travelers from other countries to the UK if necessary.

Britain's official daily tally of coronavirus deaths could be removed following investigation into Public Health England's toll counting method

Britain’s official daily tally of coronavirus deaths could be removed following investigation into Public Health England’s toll counting method

Britain's total number of coronavirus cases increased by 1,062, the biggest daily increase in six weeks.  The country has not seen such a large increase since June 25 - when 1,118 cases were reported in a single day

Britain’s total number of coronavirus cases increased by 1,062, the biggest daily increase in six weeks. The country has not seen such a large increase since June 25 – when 1,118 cases were reported in a single day

The Prime Minister said: “I do not want to inform people about their individual vacations, their individual decisions, they should clearly consult the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“But what I’m going to say, and I hope people will expect us to do so, in the context of a global pandemic, we have to keep looking at data from all the countries the British want to see. travel.

“Whenever it is necessary to impose restrictions or impose a quarantine system, we will not hesitate to do so.

“It has been a huge effort for everyone in this country to bring the disease back to the levels we are seeing now, but we don’t want re-infection and that’s why we have to keep a very, very close eye on the disease. data in destinations around the world ”.

Preston is expected to go into lockdown tonight as Covid-19 cases have nearly tripled in a fortnight, officials said today.

Health chiefs have warned that the measures for the town of Lancashire – which has a population of 140,000 – will be kept under review, but threatened to take tougher action if residents do not follow the rules.

All residents will be banned from mixing with other households indoors or in a garden from midnight, in a last-ditch attempt to curb the surge in coronavirus rates. They will also be advised to avoid meeting friends in any setting, such as pubs and restaurants.

But officials have claimed that people living under the lockdown – around 5 million across the UK – are still able to meet other people in groups of up to six from two households in pubs and restaurants. .

Matt Hancock announced today that the same strict coronavirus control rules must also remain in place in Greater Manchester and other parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire as cases have yet to decline.

And the ban on household gatherings will still apply in Leicester, which last month became the first city to be hit with a local lockdown. New cases in the city have halved since last month.

LOCKOUT RULES: WHAT YOU CAN AND DON’T DO

Affected areas: Preston, Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale et Salford), Blackburn avec Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees et Leicester.

You must not: Meet people you don’t live with inside a home or private garden, except where you’ve formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).

Visit someone else’s house or garden, even if they live outside the affected areas.

You should not: Socialize with people you don’t live with in other indoor public places – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, places of recreation and entertainment, or tourist attractions.

Punishments: Fines, starting at £ 100 and halved to £ 50 if paid within the first 14 days, but doubled for subsequent offenses.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE RULES?

Grand Manchester (including the City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford): 2,835,686

Blackburn avec Darwen: 149 696

Burnley: 88 920

Hyndburn: 81 043

Pendle: 92 112

Rossendale: 71 482

Bradford: 539 776

Calderdale: 211 455

Kirklees: 439 787

Preston: 141 818

Leicester: 329 839

Total: 4 981 614

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