A toilet paper factory has been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak after a “small number” of workers tested positive.
Affected workers at Kimberly-Clark’s Coleshill factory in Flint, North Wales, are recovering at home.
All employees who have worked closely with them are also self-isolated.
The brands of personal care company Kimberly-Clark include Kleenex, Kotex, Scott and Andrex, and the Coleshill Mill plant alone employs around 200 workers.
It comes after 2,948 were reported yesterday – including 133 in Wales.
A spokesperson said, “Kimberly-Clark’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees around the world.
“We can confirm that a small number of employees working at our Coleshill plant in Flint have tested positive for COVID-19 and are recovering well at home.
Kimberly-Clark’s Coleshill Mill (pictured) in Flint, North Wales, has been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak after a ‘small number’ of workers tested positive
“All employees working in conjunction with individuals self-isolate and are tested for Covid-19.
“In accordance with our strict company procedures and guidelines from local health authorities, we continue to clean and disinfect the site with a professional supplier, to the highest standards.
“We also keep employees informed of our actions and give them advice on how they can continue to protect themselves.
Kimberly-Clark, founded 148 years ago in Wisconsin, USA, has 42,000 employees worldwide and sells in 172 countries.
The company’s branded products include Kleenex facial tissues, Kotex feminine hygiene products, Cottonelle, Scott and Andrex toilet papers, Wypall utility wipes, KimWipes scientific cleaning wipes, and Huggies disposable diapers and baby wipes.
It was announced last night that local lockdowns are to be enforced in parts of Wales from tomorrow after sharp spikes in coronavirus cases.
People living in the Caerphilly County Borough will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse when the restrictions go into effect at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the Welsh government said.
Kimberly-Clark personal care company brands include Kleenex, Kotex, Scott and Andrex (file image) and the Coleshill Mill plant alone employs around 200 workers
Anyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face mask in shops – this is the first time this will be mandatory in Wales.
Meetings with other people inside and extended households will not be permitted, and overnight stays will also be prohibited.
There have been 133 new cases of Covid-19 in the Caerphilly County Borough in the past seven days, which equates to a rate of 55.4 cases per 100,000 population.
Kimberly-Clark, founded 148 years ago in Wisconsin, USA, has 42,000 employees worldwide and sells in 172 countries. Company branded products include Kleenex facial tissues (file image)
This is the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK – and the number of cases is expected to rise, the Welsh government has said.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “We have seen a significant increase in cases in the Borough of Caerphilly over a very short period of time, which are linked to vacation travel abroad and people who socialize indoors and do not follow social distancing guidelines.
Community testing was introduced in Caerphilly over the weekend.
On Saturday 450 people were tested and 19 had the virus – giving a positivity rate of 4%, indicating that Covid-19 is circulating in the community.
The Caerphilly Council has already introduced measures such as the suspension of home visits and the introduction of weekly testing for nursing home staff, in response to the increase in cases.
Philippa Marsden, head of Caerphilly Council, said: “We need to create a break in the cycle of infection that we are currently seeing in the Borough of Caerphilly and unfortunately that means the introduction of new, more stringent restrictions.
People living in the Caerphilly County Borough will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse when the restrictions go into effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Welsh government said.
There have been 133 new cases of Covid-19 in the Caerphilly County Borough over the past seven days, a rate of 55.4 cases per 100,000 population.
“I urge all residents of the region to follow these new measures; follow social distancing guidelines and wash your hands regularly.
Earlier Monday, Public Health Wales reported the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in months and warned of a ‘significant’ increase in the Caerphilly area.
He said another 133 people had tested positive for the coronavirus, which is the highest daily figure since June 27, when 140 cases were reported.
There have been no additional deaths among people with coronavirus, with the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic remaining at 1,597.
Many schools have been affected by the coronavirus since the start of the fall term, including a class of 21 students from an elementary school in the Caerphilly area who were told to self-isolate for 14 days.
Dr Giri Shankar of Public Health Wales called on all residents of the Caerphilly area to use a local testing unit at the town’s leisure center if they have ‘even the mildest’ symptoms or if they have symptoms. felt “generally bad with no explanation.”