Approximately 200 employees were quarantined at a farm in Herefordshire after 73 people tested positive for coronavirus, it has emerged.
The owners of the farm, AS Green and Co, said on their website that they have arranged widespread testing of all staff, the management team and visitors to the site as a “precautionary measure”.
“All results to date outside of our site have been returned with negative results,” the company said in a statement. But there are 73 positive cases on the site, in the village of Mathon near Worcester, among workers picking and packing vegetables.
Staff members have been told they cannot leave as the whole group are being treated as “one extended bubble”, while the farm has been closed to visitors.
Herefordshire Council has said it is arranging foot and essential supplies for residents on the site – who reside in mobile homes based on the farm during harvesting season.
“Our staff are our priority, they are hard-working key workers helping us provide food for the country during these unusual times,” AS Green and Co added.
“Public Health England advises that it is very unlikely Covid-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging, so shoppers can remain confident buying British fruit and veg,” the statement added.