Meat factory at centre of Covid-19 outbreak re-opens

Kober meat processing plant has re-opened Credit: MEN Media

The Yorkshire meat factory at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak has re-opened - although 165 workers tested positive for Covid-19.

Kober Ltd, based at West 26 Industrial Estate in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, supplies bacon to Asda stores across the country.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed in a Government briefing that there had been a localised coronavirus outbreak at the site.

A statement from Kirklees Council said that the whole workforce was offered testing and 165 individuals tested positive for COVID-19.

These positive cases are being followed up by the NHS Test and Trace programme and they are being advised to self-isolate for seven days.

Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case is being advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

The site was shut down when the outbreak was detected and staff sent home on full pay.

The factory has now resumed production but at a reduced capacity and with a smaller workforce.

I’d like to thank KOBER for acting quickly and working with us and Public Health England to help manage this outbreak.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall - Director of Public Health at Kirklees Council