78 meat factory workers test positive for Covid-19

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Health officials are investigating after 78 workers at a meat processing plant in Aberdeenshire tested positive for Covid-19.

NHS Grampian does not believe the cluster of cases at the Kepak McIntosh Donald in Portlethen has spread beyond the plant, but testing of 200 employees was underway.

A spokesman for the health board said: “We are investigating 78 detected cases of Covid-19 associated with the Kepak McIntosh Donald plant in Portlethen.

“An incident management team, with representation from the NHS, the plant, environmental health and Food Standards Scotland, has been set up.

“Following a small number of confirmed cases associated with the plant – and after discussions with management there – we offered asymptomatic testing to all employees on Monday.

“More than 200 staff took up the offer.”


by Olivia Midgley

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