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Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

07 Mar 2020, 16:07

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Our first priority is the safety of our colleagues, and we take their health and safety very seriously."

A Royal Mail worker in Greater Manchester is in self-isolation amid coronavirus concerns.

The worker is self-isolating 'as a precaution' after developing flu-like symptoms following a trip to Italy.

They are not understood to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Royal Mail would not confirm the colleagues' role within the organisation, or where they are based.

According to a number of sources, however, they are understood to be a postman, based at the South West Delivery Office in Old Trafford.

Royal Mail confirmed that a full clean of the facility where they work has been carried out, but declined to confirm its location.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “A colleague is in self-isolation as a precautionary measure after showing flu-like symptoms having returned from a trip to Italy.

"Our thoughts are with our colleague and their family. We wish them a speedy recovery.

"We have contacted Public Health England (PHE) to report the case. We are now working alongside PHE to assess the situation in line with statutory guidance.

"Our first priority is the safety of our colleagues, and we take their health and safety very seriously.

"We are keeping them updated and continuing to promote PHE preventative guidance. A full clean of the facility took place overnight.

"As much of the mail as possible is being delivered today, as we continue to work with Public Health England.”

Meanwhile, the public is being told to be prepared, ahead of the potential introduction of "social distancing" policies to contain the spread of the virus.


Public Health England (PHE) has urged members of the public to "plan ahead" if they had to self-isolate at home for a couple of weeks.

As of Saturday, there are 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greater Manchester.

So far, the number of positive cases in Greater Manchester in each borough are:

Bolton - 1

Bury - 3

Stockport - 2

Oldham - 1

Trafford - 4

Wigan - 3

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In the UK, as of 9am on Friday, 163 people had tested positive for Covid-19 - the illness caused by this type of coronavirus - up from 115 cases reported at the same time on Thursday.

Another Princess cruise ship carrying Britons, the Diamond Princess, was quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan, last month because of the virus.


Last week, a British tourist who had been on board the ship became the first UK citizen to die after testing positive for the virus.

This was followed by confirmation on Friday that a man in his early 80s had become the second person to die in the UK in connection with the disease.

The man, who tested positive for coronavirus and had underlying health conditions, died on Thursday while being treated at Milton Keynes University Hopsital.

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

08 Mar 2020, 07:35

Hmm, most big companies are not allowing workers back into the workplace for a period of time after they have travelled to countries that have been heavily hit with coronavirus. Bit late now if he/she has it.

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

08 Mar 2020, 10:01

For obvious reasons I can't say too much on here, other than as someone who is in the know of the situation, it is a confirmed case, & RM have dealt with it with head in sand attitude, carry on regardless.

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

08 Mar 2020, 23:51

dazzlin72 wrote:For obvious reasons I can't say too much on here, other than as someone who is in the know of the situation, it is a confirmed case, & RM have dealt with it with head in sand attitude, carry on regardless.
Does he still have to do lapsing and told him to take it easy and not come in an hour early ??

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

09 Mar 2020, 20:54

So if this Coronavirus runs riot like I suspect it to do RM will go bankrupt from the cost of a deep clean of DO's. If my office is anything to go by the majority of vans haven't been cleaned since they came off the production line and our cleaner spends more time sitting on their arse than actually working.

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

10 Mar 2020, 11:42

dazzlin72 wrote:For obvious reasons I can't say too much on here, other than as someone who is in the know of the situation, it is a confirmed case, & RM have dealt with it with head in sand attitude, carry on regardless.


If this is indeed a confirmed case, I assume that official government advice would be that all people in this office were told to self isolate for 2 weeks, in the meantime office deep cleaned?
So, in reality what has actually happened as you say "typical RM burying their heads in the sand"?

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

10 Mar 2020, 19:27

RM have handled this in shambolic fashion, as everyone can imagine, even to the extent of being economic with the truth.

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

12 Mar 2020, 17:36

We had a senior manager in today who admitted there had been a case in Manchester but the office had had a heavy clean, about 25% of the workforce was off sick *self isolating" and the remaining staff were all happily doing a duty and a half each :whistle :whistle . Comments from those in the know welcome

Greater Manchester Royal Mail worker in self isolation with flu like symptoms amid coronavirus concerns

15 Mar 2020, 22:15

oypostie wrote:We had a senior manager in today who admitted there had been a case in Manchester but the office had had a heavy clean, about 25% of the workforce was off sick *self isolating" and the remaining staff were all happily doing a duty and a half each :whistle :whistle . Comments from those in the know welcome

Well if Crona don't kill you the work load will.

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