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There are fears of an increase in coronavirus following reports that various businesses in Swindon have been hit with new cases.
Outbreaks have been reported at Swindon’s Honda, Royal Mail, Iceland and fire station sites.
Self-isolation increased to 10 days for anyone with coronavirus symptomsSwindon Borough Council says it is working with Public Health England South West and local employers to support staff working in the town, following the cases in the workplace.
The Council and PHE are working closely with Honda, Royal Mail and XPO Logistics (working for Iceland), as well as Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health for Swindon, says: “Small outbreaks are expected as a result of relaxing lockdown arrangements and as people return to work.
"We have developed a local outbreak management plan to supplement and support the national test and trace service, and to ensure that Swindon can respond swiftly to help manage a local outbreak or hotspot.
“The council is currently responding to a small number of COVID-19 cases, and these people are isolating in accordance with the government’s self-isolation guidance.“All workplaces remain open and are following the existing cleaning guidance for non-clinical settings advice, including continuing to provide staff with guidance on social distancing and hygiene to limit spread.”
Mike Wade, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England South West, says: “PHE South West is working closely with Swindon Borough Council and local employers to provide public health advice to stop the virus spreading.“Everyone should be following social distancing advice, both in and out of work, to prevent the spread of the virus.“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and colleagues by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.”