Greggs has confirmed a coronavirus outbreak at its Yorkshire distribution depot.

Around 20 staff members tested positive for the virus in the bakery giant’s Bramley depot, prompting an immediate enforced closure order from Leeds council.

Following a deep clean, the premises is due to be inspected by Infection Control and Environmental Health, and all employees and drivers are undergoing testing.

Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside said the company had taken immediate action, and it was working with Leeds City Council and Public Health England to “ensure that we minimise any possible impact on our customers and the wider community in Leeds and the surrounding area.”

Lucy Jackson, Leeds City Council’s deputy director of public health added that the incident “highlights why further testing and contact tracing is so important.”

“The workplace is being deep cleaned and further contact tracing carried out, with necessary advice shared about self-isolating and awareness of symptoms,” she said.

“This is a crucial part of controlling the spread of the virus and protecting our community from further infection. We are satisfied the necessary steps are being taken quickly to minimise any further spread of infection.”

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