Tesco confirms more coronavirus cases at Hereford supermarket

TESCO has confirmed more staff members at one of its stores in Hereford have tested positive for coronavirus.

The chain said “a very small number” of staff at its Belmont store in Abbotsmead Road had caught the virus.

It is not believed the cases are as a result of an outbreak in the store, but Tesco said it was following all Government guidance and was taking “relevant precautions”.

The chain, which has another supermarket and several convenience shops in the city, did not say how many staff had tested positive at Belmont in the last two weeks.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “A very small number of colleagues at our Hereford, Abbotsmead Road Superstore have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Their close contacts have been informed.

“The safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers remains our number one priority and we are working with local public health authorities, following all Government guidance and taking the relevant precautions.

“We have extensive measures across all of our stores to help keep everyone safe; these include protective screens at every checkout, social distancing signage and regular cleaning.”

The latest confirmation from Tesco that staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 comes just two weeks after a similar statement.

On January 25, Tesco said “a very small number” of staff at the store had tested positive.

Public Health England figures show that 6,180 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (February 8) in Herefordshire, up from 6,117 the same time on Friday.

Hereford Times