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A covid outbreak at a Morrisons distribution centre near Glasgow has reportedly resulted in 200 staff being instructed to self isolate.

The above figure was reported by the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record. However, there is still no official confirmation on how many staff at the Bellshill site have been affected by the outbreak.

Dr Femi Oshin, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, has confirmed that a mobile Covid-19 testing unit has been set up to try to reduce the spread of the virus:

“NHS Lanarkshire’s Test and Protect team has carried out contact tracing after individuals at XPO Logistics in Bellshill tested positive for Covid-19. They are currently self-isolating at home. NHS Lanarkshire is working closely with North Lanarkshire Council and the company with regards to the cases and has now contacted all appropriate close contacts. These individuals are being told to self-isolate. A mobile testing unit has been brought in to support other additional measures put in place to help reduce the spread and transmission of Covid-19.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for XPO Logistics, who operate the depot, has confirmed that the company are working with NHS track and trace in order to protect their employees:

“Protecting our employees is our number one priority. We’re working closely with the local authorities, including NHS Lanarkshire for the track & trace while adhering to all local and Public Health Scotland guidance to ensure the appropriate health and safety measures are in place.”

Photo credit: Peter Barr / Geograph UK


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