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Extra measures introduced at Bernard Matthews meat factory in Holton near Halesworth after more staff members test positive for coronavirus

Extra measures have been introduced to further control the outbreak of coronavirus among staff at a Suffolk meat factory.

Bernard Matthews has put the additional precautionary measures in place after a total of 53 employees at the factory in Holton, near Halesworth, tested positive for Covid-19.

Officials said 39 people who have tested positive are currently self-isolating and being supported by Bernard Matthews and public sector agencies, while staff who had tested positive and have completed their period of self-isolation at home have now been able to return to work. Most of these workers live in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas.

A general view of Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Holton, Suffolk (Gareth Fuller/PA) (42568520)
A general view of Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Holton, Suffolk (Gareth Fuller/PA) (42568520)

They added that most staff who have been tested returned negative results, and food production and safety is unaffected.

Stuart Keeble, Suffolk’s director of public health, said: “I welcome the additional measures Bernard Matthews’ management team has put in place to control this outbreak. They’ve acted quickly and are working well with public health colleagues.

“These additional measures, both within the factory and on their staff transport, add to the strong and clear messages we have been giving to their staff and the wider public.

“Everyone must remain alert and keep following the social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing advice. Together, we will be able to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

The new measures, which are in addition to those which have been in place at the facility since March, include new entrances to aid one-way movement of staff, staggered breaks, more working bubbles and bus marshals on the firm's free staff transport.

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