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Thirteen areas in London are no longer receiving regular Royal Mail deliveries due to its workforce being affected by Covid-19, the company has said.
The firm published a list of areas affected which include Lewisham, Wandsworth, Highbury and Enfield.
Some residents say they have not received any post for more than a month.
In a statement published with the list on its website, Royal Mail said it was "working hard to deliver the most comprehensive and high quality service we can to all our customers... [but] the combination of greatly increased uptake of online shopping, and the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, mean that all delivery companies are experiencing exceptionally high volumes."
"Every single parcel and letter is important to us.
"Despite our best efforts and significant investment in extra resource, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards," the firm added
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The Royal Mail has confirmed four postal workers at its Plymouth delivery office are recovering at home from coronavirus.
But it has denied claims workplace Covid rules had not been followed at the centre in Breakwater Road, Plymstock.
A source alleged some staff had been working in cramped conditions which meant they were unable to stay socially distanced. They also claimed measures including signs and PPE were being “rushed through” following the outbreak.
Royal Mail said it took the health and safety of colleagues, customers and the local community “very seriously” and ways of working had been revised to ensure staff could maintain social distancing.
It said an intensive clean of the site had taken place since the four coronavirus cases at the centre, with extra cleaning at “key touch points and all communal areas”.
It added that a range of measures were in place to protect staff and customers during the pandemic.
Cases of Covid-19 have been rising in Plymouth and across Devon, although the infection rate has stayed below the England average.
The latest figures on Friday showed there were 400 cases in Plymouth in the previous week, with a rate of 152.6 cases per 100,000 people, compared to the rate for England of 231.8.Copyright: Google