Public Health chiefs are urgently trying to trace hundreds of workers at a major food processing site in north Wales.
They need to find around 300 people who work at Rowan Foods in Wrexham where 166 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed so far.
There are over 1,000 people working at the site, which makes food for supermarkets across the UK including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
It comes months after workers walked out in protest over an alleged lack of protection from the virus.
In a statement today, Public Health Wales said: ‘We are working with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to urgently contact just over 300 workers that have not yet presented for testing.
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‘As we would expect with any focused track and trace process, we will identify additional asymptomatic cases.
‘Finding these cases does not mean that the rate of infection in the Wrexham area is increasing as a whole.
‘There is no evidence that Rowan Foods is the source of the outbreak.
‘The multi-agency team managing the outbreak with Public Health Wales will continue to review the situation and work with the employer, their workforce and wider community to bring this outbreak to a swift conclusion.’
Rowan Foods told the BBC: ‘We have been proactively introducing new operational changes at the site for some months now, since the issuing of government guidance for the food industry in March 2020, to ensure that we maintain social distancing wherever practically possible, and have also included new mitigations such as screens and visors.’
The Rowan Foods outbreak and the cluster of cases around the Anglesey 2 Sisters abattoir have so far accounted for more than 300 infections.
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