Inverclyde coronavirus cluster: Amazon warehouse worker tests positive

Eight new cases were reported in the health board area yesterday.

An Amazon warehouse employee has tested positive for coronavirus, amid a cluster of new cases identified in the Inverclyde region yesterday.

Eight cases of the virus have been confirmed across a number workplaces in the area, including a pharmacy.

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Amazon said it was supporting its employee, who is self isolating and that it had introduced measures to protect employees.

An Amazon warehouse employee has tested positive for coronavirus, amid a cluster of new cases identified in the Inverclyde region yesterday.

A company spokesman said: “Since the early days of this situation, we have worked closely with health authorities to proactively respond, ensuring we continue to serve communities while taking care of our associates and we’re following guidelines from health officials about the operations of our buildings.

“We have implemented proactive measures to protect employees including increased cleaning at all facilities and maintaining social distance.”

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde told the BBC that none of the cases in the cluster were experiencing anything but mild symptoms.

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It added: "Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and other identified contacts are being followed up and given appropriate advice."

Yesterday, the First Minister said an incident management team would meet to discuss the development.

The Inverclyde cases were among 22 reported across Scotland in the last 24 hours.

Nicola Sturgeon has said previously that localised outbreaks of the virus are all but inevitable, following clusters in North Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

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But the first minister said the "test and protect" system was working well, with the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 remaining low.

News of the cluster came as the National Records of Scotland said the number of deaths linked to coronavirus had increased very slightly, with Covid-19 mentioned on eight death certificates in the week to Sunday July 26.

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