Coronavirus outbreak at Herefordshire farm rises to 134

A S Green & Co at Rook Row Farm in Mathon Credit: PA Images

A Herefordshire farm in the midst of a localised coronavirus outbreak has seen the number of cases rise to 134.

Herefordshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands say they are continuing to work with AS Green and Co to contain the outbreak of Covid-19 at the farm and that regular testing is being carried out.

Around 200 employees at AS Green and Co in Mathon near Malvern were told not to leave the site after 73 positive cases were discovered earlier this month.

Workers have been asked to remain on site and self-isolate to reduce the risk of spreading the virus within the workforce into the wider community.

Herefordshire Council say a number of workers have completed their period of self-isolation and are able to resume their daily activities. 

The family-run farm Credit: ITV News Central

During the harvesting season, the workforce resides in mobile homes based on the farm, so as a precaution the whole group are being treated as “one extended bubble”, according to officials.

The council said it is arranging food and essential supplies for residents on the site – who carry out packing and picking work – while they self-isolate.

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