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Royal Mail confirm serious coronavirus outbreak at Leeds sorting centre

Posted: 27 Oct 2020, 14:44
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The Royal Mail Leeds Sorting Centre has undergone an "intensive clean" after a serious coronavirus outbreak of eight cases among staff.

A spokesman for the postal company confirmed that eight people based at the Stourton site have tested positive for Covid-19.

They are now recuperating at home, Royal Mail said.

An intensive clean of the site has been carried out and the office remains open as usual, they added.

Royal Mail said colleagues were being kept updated after the outbreak.

A Royal Mail Spokesperson said: “Royal Mail takes the health and safety of its colleagues, its customers and the local communities in which we operate very seriously.

"Recently eight colleagues tested positive for coronavirus.

"They are now recuperating at home and we wish them a speedy recovery.

"We have carried out an intensive clean of the site and have organised additional cleaning of key touch points and all communal areas.

"We are keeping the CWU and colleagues updated.

"We are currently processing mail as normal at our Leeds Mail Centre, and the office is open as normal.

"Throughout this crisis, every decision we make puts the health of our people and customers first.

"We have put in place a range of preventive measures to protect both our customers and our colleagues.

"We were the first UK company to put in place social-distancing measures in relation to parcel delivery.

"We pioneered contact-free delivery.

"We are temporarily not handing over our hand-held devices to customers to capture signatures.

"As well as encouraging good hand hygiene, standard ways of working have been revised to ensure that colleagues maintain appropriate social distancing at all times.

"All staff have been briefed about the social distancing measures jointly agreed by local management and the CWU.

"This has been supplemented with visible reminders such as posters and one-way floor markings”.