Nearly 300 staff test positive for coronavirus at M&S sandwich factory

A total of 292 employees at a sandwich factory which supplies Marks & Spencer have tested positive for Covid-19.

Greencore, based in Northampton, said the staff who received positive results are all self-isolating.

Northamptonshire County Council confirmed 79 employees returned positive NHS tests, while a further 213 tested positive through Greencore’s private testing.

Greencore said in a statement: ‘As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Northampton area, we took the decision to start proactively testing all of the colleagues at our Northampton site.

‘We can confirm that a number of colleagues have tested positive for the virus and are now self-isolating.

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‘We are liaising closely with PHE East Midlands, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, who are fully supportive of the controls that we have on site.’

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