Coronavirus: Factory cluster cases in Coupar Angus up 10 to 166

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The 2 Sisters plant in Coupar Angus was closed for two weeks on 17 August

The number of positive Covid-19 cases linked to a food processing plant in Coupar Angus has risen by 10 to 166.

Health officials say 146 workers at the 2 Sisters chicken factory in Coupar Angus have now tested positive.

Twenty of the cases are people in the community who have been in contact with them.

The plant, which employs than 1,200 workers including approximately 300 agency staff, closed on 17 August.

More than 5,000 people have been tested in Tayside in the past week.

All of the non-agency workers at the factory are receiving full pay while the plant is closed.

Dr Emma Fletcher, NHS Tayside's associate director of public health, said: "The slowing down in the number of positive cases is encouraging.

"However, this outbreak, and other ongoing situations in Tayside, reminds us just how important it is that we all continue to take measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19."

Workers and people in their households, including children, have been told to self-isolate until 31 August, even if they have tested negative for the virus.