Walkers confirms 28 factory workers in Leicester have coronavirus
Walkers Crisps has confirmed 28 staff at a factory in Leicester have tested positive for COVID-19.
The company said the rise in infections at the plant in Beaumont Leys, which has 1,400 employees, coincided with increased testing in the city.
It added a track and trace system at the factory had shown the virus did not break out there.
A Walkers spokesman said: "We have shared our data and analysis with the health authorities and they support the view that our situation reflects transmission in the community and we do not have a transmission issue on site.
"In light of the recent increase in cases in Leicester, we have been proactively reinforcing the importance of continued vigilance on site."
The company said employees with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 were self-isolating and on full pay.
A number of other food processing plants in Leicester have had confirmed cases of the deadly infection, including Samworth Brothers and Pladis, which makes biscuits for McVities.
Leicester became the first UK city to be placed back into lockdown on Monday night after 944 new cases were identified in the last two weeks.
Prime minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the people of the city for their "forbearance" in accepting the return of controls including the shutting of non-essential shops and the closure of schools to most children.
There was frustration, however, among businesses at having to turn away customers just as the rest of England was preparing for a further opening up with the return of pubs, restaurants and cinemas on Saturday.
During PMQs on Wednesday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer blamed the prime minister for a "lost week while the virus was spreading" after alleging local authorities were not given full coronavirus data.
The PM rejected this claim, adding: "The Right Honourable Gentleman is mistaken. Both pillar one and pillar two data have been shared, not just in Leicester but in all authorities across the country."
Testing carried out in NHS and Public Health England (PHE) labs is known as pillar one and all community testing, drive-throughs and tests sent to people's homes is pillar two.
Leicestershire Police Federation federation chairman Dave Stokes said his colleagues are not sure how to implement the lockdown and are waiting for a change in the law which is expected imminently.
When asked how they would enforce lockdown he told Sky News: "We don't know. And that's simply because we are waiting for the government strategy and the legislation, which will obviously support us locally about how we are going to police it.
"It's a moving picture and I'm sure the information will be fed down but at the moment that clarity isn't there."
- This article first appeared on Yahoo