Coronavirus outbreak hits Royal Mail delivery office in Chester

A CORONAVIRUS outbreak has hit a Royal Mail delivery office.

Postal staff at the sorting office in Chester, Cheshire, have tested positive – but the exact figure has not been revealed.


Chester bosses say a deep clean has taken place in light of the outbreak.

And strict social distancing measures remain in place – including just one staff member per delivery vehicle.

A Royal Mail spokesperson told Cheshire Live: "Royal Mail takes the health and safety of its colleagues, its customers and the local communities in which we operate very seriously.

"Following positive tests for coronavirus at our Chester Delivery Office, managers arranged an intense, enhanced clean of the building.

"We continue to enforce strict social distancing measures at the office. As part of this process, we only permit one person per delivery vehicle.

"We continue to focus on providing a high standard of service to the local community."

Walkers Crisps confirmed 28 positive coronavirus cases in its factory in Leicester earlier this week.

The firm, which employs 1,400 people across the site, said it had seen a "steady increase" in cases during June.

But it claimed its track and trace procedure indicated the transmission was "not in our factory".

The company claims the rise in cases "coincides with the roll-out and uptake of testing" across the city.

Ministers are considering testing whole towns and cities for coronavirus to stop hotspots blowing up into a national outbreak.

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said social distancing should  keep Covid-19 under control but warned: “We will see local outbreaks.”

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