A HUGE outbreak of Covid-19 in a pork processing plant leaves a small market town in Norfolk with the highest infection rates in England.
The rise in cases in Watton has left residents self-isolating and afraid to go out.
The rest of the county has very few cases, with North Norfolk having the lowest rate in England.
As the plant packages around a fifth of England’s pork, the government have been warned of the outbreak.
Health officials must now decide whether to close part of the abattoir.
Local councillor Keith Gilbert, who lives in the town, said, “Many people have stopped shopping in Watton completely. They are driving to supermarkets out of town.”
However, Laura Elliott, who runs the butchers Steven Smith Quality Meat, insists people are following the rules.
She said, “We insist everyone who enters wears a mask unless they have an exemption.
“We’ve become extra careful with our precautions.”
The town has now been divided over what to do about Cranswick Country Foods.
Councillor Gilbert believes it should be closed, he said, “To keep it open, even with a skeleton staff, who knows how many people are contracting it.
“No matter how much pork it produces, it is a dangerous situation for not just the people working there but the wider community.”
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