Berkshire

Coronavirus: Council probe as Bracknell Tesco workers test positive

Tesco Bracknell
Image caption Tesco said the two employees who tested positive worked at the superstore in the Martins Heron area

A council says it is investigating after two Tesco employees at the same shop tested positive for coronavirus.

The supermarket chain confirmed two workers at Tesco Superstore in the Martins Heron area of Bracknell, Berkshire, had the virus.

Bracknell Forest Council said it was taking appropriate action in line with its "outbreak control plan".

Staff who have been in close contact with the pair are self-isolating, Public Health England (PHE) said.

Specialists are also providing support to the store to prevent the spread of the virus "following a significantly small number of cases of Covid-19", PHE added.

Dr Conall Watson, consultant in health protection at PHE South East, said: "Having assessed the available evidence around these cases we have concluded that the risk to the wider public is minimal and people should go about their normal business but continue to pay attention to public health guidance and any in-store instructions to help keep everyone safe and well."

The council's chief executive Timothy Wheadon said: "We are continuing to work with the lead agency, Public Health England (PHE), about the cases at Martins Heron Tesco.

"We will be acting on their advice and providing information for residents as soon as PHE determine the next steps."

Tesco said the safety of its customers and staff was its top priority.

The supermarket chain added it encouraged all colleagues and customers to follow the latest government advice and added it had introduced extensive measures across its stores to keep people safe, including regular deep cleaning.

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