Amazon bosses confirm coronavirus outbreak at depot

Around six workers at the plant in Bathgate, West Lothian have tested positive in the last week.

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Amazon bosses have confirmed an outbreak of coronavirus at a depot in West Lothian.

Around six delivery contractors who work at the tech giant’s plant in Bathgate have tested positive in the last week.

Another 24 other members of staff have now been told to work from home.

It is understood the outbreak centres around a small office on the warehouse site shared by more than 30 contractors.

Two workers who use the office are thought to have tested positive on Monday or Tuesday last week, with four further cases emerging between Friday and Sunday.

The cases were confirmed despite the use of perspex divider panels to separate workstations in the office, and the requirement for staff to wear face masks.

A spokesman for Amazon said: “We are supporting the individuals who are now in quarantine.

“Since the early days of this situation, we have worked closely with local authorities to proactively respond, ensuring we continue to serve customers while taking care of our associates and we’re following all guidelines from local officials about the operations of our buildings.

“We have implemented proactive measures at our facilities to protect associates including increased cleaning, maintaining social distance in our sites, and adding distance between drivers and customers when making deliveries.”