Royal Mail office in Manchester hit by Coronavirus

A Royal Mail delivery office in Manchester is dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus, with 19 workers hit by the bug.

According to a report by Sun UK, Royal Mail says the office on Oldham Road, Manchester, is undergoing an “enhanced clean” as staff continue to work as normal.

A mobile testing unit is being set up at the Manchester Delivery Office on Oldham Road and a programme of contact tracing has begun, the BBC reports.

The centre is still open and staff are said to be continuing to work as normal.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Following further positive tests for coronavirus at the Manchester Delivery Office, as a precautionary measure, we are working with Public Health England to provide tests for all of our staff from a mobile unit on site.

“An enhanced clean of the building has already been carried out.”

Director of Public Health for Manchester David Regan said all partners “acted quickly” to “contain and limit further potential spread”.

“We have put in place a range of preventive measures to protect both our customers and our colleagues.

“As well as encouraging good hand hygiene, standard ways of working have been revised to ensure that colleagues stay two metres apart at all times.”

Mr Regan said efforts had begun to trace everyone who has had contact with those who tested positive.

“We have been testing staff – and have arranged for a mobile testing unit to go to the site for the rest of the week – and contact tracing is already under way.

“According to government guidance, the period of self-isolation for any contact is 14 days. We will be working with Royal Mail until that period of time has ended to ensure all the relevant action has been taken.

“At this stage everyone who has tested positive has been given specific advice to monitor their health.”

A spokesman for the CWU said the union was working with health and safety representatives on site and expected all staff to be tested in the next three days.

It comes after a Royal Mail delivery office in Swindon was forced to close last month, leaving thousands without their post.

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