Breaking: ‘Significant’ COVID Outbreak at Meat Plant in Norfolk

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Norfolk County Council has announced a ‘significant outbreak’ of COVID-19 at a Cranswick Country Foods site in Watton.

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A Coronavirus outbreak has hit the Cranswick Country Foods site in Watton in Norfolk with 300 members of staff at the factory now taking tests, 144 staff have so far been infected with the virus. This fresh outbreak comes a month after 75 workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant in Great Witchingham, Norfolk, also tested positive for coronavirus.

Dr Louise Smith, the council’s director of public health, said the local authority was working with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to urge people in the Watton area to get tested if they have symptoms. The Doctor said in a statement: ‘Testing of staff at Cranswick Foods has revealed a significant outbreak. At this stage we have identified about 140 positive cases out of around 300 tested so far.”


She added: “The analysis of swabs continues and the remaining staff on site are being tested today and tomorrow. Due to the high proportion of positive case results received so far, we are liaising with the Joint Biosecurity Centre and have stepped up contact tracing and leafletting in the Watton area, urging people with symptoms to access testing.”


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