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Public health investigating social-life links to Covid-19 cases

Dorcan mail centre
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Royal Mail said there had been two confirmed cases of coronavirus earlier this week at its Dorcan office

Public health officials are working to contain a "small outbreak" of coronavirus among workers at some of Swindon's biggest employers.

There has been one confirmed case at Honda and 14 spread across Royal Mail, the fire service, and XPO which runs Iceland's distribution centre.

It is believed all of the cases involve people catching Covid-19 outside of the workplace.

Contact tracers will be focussed on the victims' social life.

Public Health England described the numbers as not too concerning adding that local outbreaks will happen.

Steve Maddern, who is the Director of Public Health at Swindon Borough Council, said as people were socialising more, and not necessarily in pubs or restaurants, it more it was important to follow the guidelines.

"People are probably doing what they should be in their workplaces because a lot of support has been wrapped round that.

"[But] they may not have been adhering to the protective messages while out socialising."

The indications are that people comply quite robustly with the measures put in place in their place of work but perhaps aren't quite so attentive in their social life so that's the avenue we're exploring at the moment.

David RenardLeader, Swindon Borough Council

Giant eight-acre thank you for NHS

The maze
Ansty Pick Your Own

A huge maze has been cut in an eight-acre (3.24 hectare) field of maize at Ansty Pick Your Own near Salisbury in Wiltshire, as a thank you to the NHS.

Owner, Karren Price, said: "We designed it with social distancing in mind.

"Normally there are loads of dead ends and places to get lost but we have done one continuous loop this year, which means you have to walk the entire eight-acre maze."

She said despite uncertainty over lockdown restrictions, they had "decided to take the chance”.

"It was obvious to us to dedicate it to the NHS and show our appreciation in the only way we knew how," she said.

"Build them an eight-acre thank you."

On Sunday, people are being encouraged to celebrate the NHS's 72nd birthday and thank key workers for their support during the coronavirus pandemic with a nationwide clap next month.

Severe accident: A4259 Wiltshire southbound

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A4259 Wiltshire southbound severe accident, from A4312 Drakes Way to Frobisher Drive.

A4259 Wiltshire - A4259 Queens Drive in Swindon blocked southbound from Drakes roundabout to the Frobisher Drive junction, because of an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

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