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Covid co-operation called for by Thetford councillor

A Thetford councillor is urging Banham Poultry workers who live in his town to act after a Covid-19 outbreak at the site.

Believed to have started in its cutting room on August 25, positive cases have now gone across the whole of the Station Road factory in Attleborough, with staff and their households having 119 positive cases out of 1,784 tested so far.

With some of its workers living in Thetford, town, Breckland and county councillor Terry Jermy has called on them to help contain the spread.

Banham Poultry in Attleborough where the outbreak happened.Picture: Richard Marsham.
Banham Poultry in Attleborough where the outbreak happened.Picture: Richard Marsham.

He said: “It is important that they self-isolate, not just for themselves, but their families, friends and for the other people in Thetford.

“Both Breckland and Norfolk County Council have a range of prevention measures and local lockdown procedures they can use, but I would like to stress that at the moment this outbreak has only affected personnel from Banham Poultry and not the wider community.”

The site’s staff who have not tested positive are being asked to self-isolate with their households for 14 days, those that have a positive result must isolate themselves for 10 days, with their households needing to isolate for 14.

Cllr Jermy said that friends, family and neighbours of the site’s staff could play a big part in helping the situation.

He said: “I feel peer pressure could be a good thing to make sure the rules are being followed, so I urge people who know families affected to help them get tests and stay self isolated.

“Hopefully if those affected can follow the guidance and stop this outbreak in its tracks maybe we will be seen as a good example for others.”

Yesterday the government designated Norfolk as an area in need of enhanced support which was welcomed by Norfolk County Council leader, Councillor Andrew Proctor.

He said: "This is all about support, not restrictions. There will not be extra rules affecting how any of us live and work in Norfolk.

"This is purely about the Government providing swifter data and testing and giving us the support we need.

“I would reassure the community and our visitors that Norfolk is still a safe place in which to live, work and visit.”

The council's director of public health, Dr Louise Smith, said: “All the evidence so far suggests that we have contained the Banham Poultry outbreak. Although cases have risen in Great Yarmouth, Breckland and Norwich, we have always been clear this would happen, as Banham cases fed through into the figures. They are all linked to workers and their households.

“We can now draw on additional Government support, to obtain swifter data and testing, to support our local efforts.”

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