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900 Scottish food factory workers told to isolate after outbreak

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
19th Aug 20 8:24 pm

A food factory in Perthshire have been forced to order 900 workers to self-isolate after NHS Tayside confirmed 29 workers had tested positive for coronavirus.

The 29 cases were associated with the Two Sisters factory in Coupar Angus, and mobile testing units have been set up at the factory. All factory workers have been advised to get tested even if they are showing no symptoms.

Dr Emma Fletcher, associate director of Public Health for NHS Tayside said, “All agencies continue to work closely together to manage the outbreak related to the factory.

“We strongly encourage all workers to take up the offer of testing to help prevent further spread of the infection in the community.

“The public should be reassured that the plant remains non-operational however contractors are continuing to attend the site to ensure animal welfare.”

“Children of factory workers who have not tested positive and are self-isolating can continue to attend school as long as the children have no symptoms.

“Our advice to the wider community is to remain vigilant to this infection. Please continue to follow the FACTS guidance and if anyone is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, they should self-isolate and seek a test.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, “Because we’ve seen food processing outbreaks in other parts of the UK, we have some lessons about how they were handled in other parts of the UK that we can try to apply here.”

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