Coronavirus: 'Significant' outbreak reported at Norfolk food factory
Health bosses have this afternoon revealed they are dealing with a "significant" coronavirus outbreak at a Norfolk food factory.
Officials say nearly half of workers tested so far at the Cranswick Foods plant in Watton, less than 10 miles from Swaffham, have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement released a short time ago, Dr Louise Smith, the county's director of public health, said: “Testing of staff at Cranswick Foods has revealed a significant outbreak.
"At this stage we have identified about 140 positive cases out of around 300 tested so far.
"The analysis of swabs continues and the remaining staff on site are being tested today and tomorrow.
“Due to the high proportion of positive case results received so far, we are liaising with the Joint Biosecurity Centre and have stepped up contact tracing and leafletting in the Watton area, urging people with symptoms to access testing.
“We will continue to keep you updated as and when we receive more information.”
Dr Smith said the county council was working with the company and Public Health England to contain the outbreak.
The news comes just days after Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor pleaded for the public not to become complacent about the infection.
The latest NHS statistics show there are 14 beds with Covid-19 patients at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital as of October 20.
Across West Norfolk the rate of infection is 40.3 per 100,000 according to the latest figures available.