Rise in coronavirus cases linked to abattoir outbreak

Covid cases in Highlands town Grantown increase by two to 33, with 30 linked to Millers of Speyside slaughterhouse.

Rise in coronavirus cases linked to abattoir outbreak STV

The number of Covid-19 cases associated with an abattoir in the Highlands has risen.

Coronavirus cases in Grantown-on-Spey have risen from 31 to 33, with 30 cases linked to the Millers of Speyside abattoir, up one from Thursday.

The site has voluntarily closed for two weeks.

NHS Highland is carrying out contact tracing within the community, with any close contacts being advised to self isolate.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health, said: “Work continues in following up contacts and appropriate advice is being given to those we have identified.

“The investigation so far is showing that the majority of these confirmed cases are linked with Millers of Speyside abattoir.

“While it is good news that there is no significant community transmission, it is important that we do not become complacent and continue to follow the national guidance to keep you and others safe.

“This includes physical distancing, wearing a face-covering when in enclosed spaces, cleaning your hands and surfaces regularly and immediately self-isolating if you develop symptoms.”

The NHS is also advising that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should book a test.

Royal Mail is collecting completed home test kits from priority postboxes. The priority postbox for Grantown is located at the Post Office, 6-26 High Street.

Priority postboxes are being used for the return of UK Government test kits that have been ordered via the online postal portal.

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