Bristol factory shuts down after 19 employees test positive for coronavirus

A factory in Bristol has been forced to close after almost 20 employees tested positive for Covid-19.

The facility in Avonmouth is owned by construction company Balfour Beatty, where it is manufacturing nuclear-grade concrete segments for tunnels being built under the Bristol Channel for Hinkley Point C.

The company has revealed 19 employees tested positive for coronavirus at the weekend, prompting its temporary closure, BristolLive reports.

The company says it is working with Public Health England and Bristol Council to “deep clean” the plant, as well as using the NHS track and trace app.

It added the temporary closure has “so far shown no impact” on the main construction site at Hinkley Point.

In a statement, the company said: “Having engaged with Public Health England and Bristol City Council we have now taken the responsible decision to close the facility until further notice to reduce the potential further spread of Covid-19.

“We continue to engage with all those affected and remain committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for us, as well as the general public.”

Balfour Beatty said it had been carrying out “preventative health and safety measures” such as enhanced hygiene and cleaning.

It also said it was carrying out temperature checks for all individuals on arrival at its sites and had put in place changes to working practices including at its shared facilities to maintain social distancing.

The closure comes as it was announced Wales has recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the 12th time this month.

Public Health Wales (PHW) said on Monday, July 27, the total number of deaths with lab-confirmed Covid-19 since the outbreak began remains at 1,549.

There have now been no new deaths reported by the NHS trust on 12 occasions in July. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean no-one died with the virus on those specific dates as it can take several days for a death to be logged officially.

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