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Covid-19 outbreak among staff at Branston potato packaging plant

Multiple employees at Branston’s Perthshire potato packaging plant in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19. Staff at Branston in Abernethy were confirmed to have the virus with several more forced into isolation because of the outbreak, according to a report by Sean O’Neil for The Courier.

The company will now close down for around 36 hours from Friday to undergo a deep clean – though bosses say staff will still be paid in full during the shutdown and holiday days would be credited back to staff.

James Truscott, managing director at Branston, said the company was monitoring the situation closely. “We can confirm that a small number of employees at our Abernethy site have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, as part of the NHS testing programme – several employees are also currently self-isolating as a precautionary measure,” said James.

“The number of Covid-19 cases on site throughout the pandemic has been exceptionally low, thanks to the measures we have in place and the way our hard-working team has adhered to the rules.”

Source: The Courier. Full report here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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