Fakenham chocolate factory hit by coronavirus outbreak
Officials at a Fakenham chocolate factory have moved some of its work to other sites following an outbreak of coronavirus.
Fourteen staff at the town's Kinnerton Confectionary plant are known to have tested positive for the infection.
But, while there have been calls for the whole site to be shut down, bosses say they are working with local public health teams to contain the virus.
Site director Michael Artt said today: "With the increase in incidence of Covid-19 across the region, a small number of our colleagues have tested positive – currently 14 out of a total workforce of over 600 people.
"The welfare of our colleagues is a primary concern and we are in regular contact with those affected to ensure they are supported.
"We are working proactively with the local Public Health Team and Norfolk County Council who are very supportive of our actions.
"There has been a limited effect on production, but we have been able to mitigate the impact to customers by transferring some packing work to our sister factories."
One correspondent to the Lynn News suggested the company had a duty of care to its employees to close the site altogether.
But Mr Artt said: "A wide range of control measures are in place across the site, based on risk assessment.
"These include increased hand washing and sanitising, enhanced cleaning, social distancing measures such as physical segregation screens and one way systems, the use of personal protective equipment and modified shift times to prevent congestion.
"The safety and well-being of our colleagues is our number one priority and we continue to regularly review our protocols to maintain a Covid safe environment."