Staff members at a B&Q distribution centre in Swindon have tested positive for coronavirus (Picture: Google Maps)
There has been an outbreak of coronavirus at a B&Q distribution centre after 14 staff members tested positive.
The warehouse in South Marston, Swindon has not been closed but the DIY company said colleagues were told to self-isolate before testing for the virus.
A track and trace system is in place and those tested negative are now back at work, the Swindon Advertiser reported.
A B&Q spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Our partner Wincanton can confirm that 14 colleagues at our Swindon Distribution Centre have received a positive (Covid-19) test result, and are self-isolating.
‘Of the colleagues contacted through the local track and trace procedure, all self-isolated immediately and have received a negative test result to confirm it is safe for them to return to work.
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‘In line with Government’s guidance, Wincanton continues to take all the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of colleagues when on site.
‘This includes thermal imaging cameras to detect temperatures, staggered shift timings, social distancing markings on the floors, access to PPE, thorough cleaning procedures, and a ban on non-essential visits to the site.
‘Wincanton is working closely with the relevant public health authorities, who have praised the social distancing measures in place at the Swindon Distribution Centre.’
There has also been an outbreak of coronavirus at a Sky call centre in Cardiff (Picture: Google Maps)
Swindon currently has one of the highest infection rates in the country, and there are fears it could be the next to go into a local lockdown.
Data from Public Health England released earlier this week suggested the city had the fifth highest infection rate with 48.2 cases per 100,000 residents.
It comes after an M&S sandwich factory was closed yesterday after a huge outbreak of the virus and a Sky TV call centre was also forced to shut.
Around 700 staff work at the call centre, which has now been temporarily closed as of yesterday.
The same office closed in March and was shut for deep cleaning after a worker had suspected coronavirus.
Sky said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that three Sky colleagues in our Cardiff contact centre have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and they are self-isolating at home.
‘Protecting our people is and always will be our top priority and so we are closing the contact centre today and sending everyone home as a precaution.
‘We’re contacting anyone who has been in contact with our colleagues, the centre itself has recently been deep cleaned and will be deep cleaned again over the weekend.’
Sky said safety was its top priority and it had a robust contact tracing programme in place.
Public Health Wales figures confirmed 14 new cases in Cardiff, the highest figure in 11 weeks.
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