By Dearbail Jordan
By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst
Local Democracy Reporting Service
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
By Tom Espiner
Business reporter, BBC News
By Emily McGarvey
BBC News NI
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Royal Mail said there has been a positive test for coronavirus at its delivery office in Hastings.
An “enhanced clean” of the office will now go ahead, Royal Mail said in a statement.
It added: “Working with our people, we have resolved any areas of concern. All colleagues are working as normal.
“Throughout this crisis, every decision we make puts the health of our people and customers first. We have put in place a range of preventive measures to protect both our customers and our colleagues.”