Professor Kevin Fenton additionally warned Londoners towards “complacency” because of the low quantity of new circumstances at current in the capital, urging them to keep up social distancing, put on face coverings in public and in retailers, and observe hand hygiene.
Asked throughout a London Assembly investigation into coronavirus for the probably sources of future outbreaks in the capital, Professor Fenton, the London director of Public Health England, stated vigilance was wanted in hospitals, care houses and folks returning to the UK after overseas journey.
But he highlighted meals factories as an “emerging area” of concern as a result of of the proximity of staff to one another and the low pay, which means employees have been unlikely to have the ability to afford to self-isolate at residence in the event that they fell sick.
Outbreaks have been seen in meals factories in Wales and Yorkshire, and in Germany, France, Spain and the US.
Professor Fenton stated there was a have to be “really clear about emerging areas, such as workplaces” and guarantee surveillance was in place to “detect it early and act early”.
He stated meat factories “have high numbers of workers, working closely together, often people who may not speak English as a first language, who may be migrant, who may be otherwise vulnerable and who are on zero-hour contracts or the types of vulnerable situations where coming into work is a necessity, even if they are symptomatic or may be unwell”.
He stated lockdowns of workplaces have been extra possible than for districts.