Coronavirus outbreak at caravan park as 21 catch killer bug and health officials warn cases will rise


A CORONAVIRUS outbreak at a caravan park has seen 21 people catch the killer virus, with health officials warning cases could rise.

Testing started when two positive cases were confirmed at Craven Arms, a market town in Shropshire, last week.

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Now the county council fears the number of cases at the site will continue to rise before infection control measures start to take effect.

All residents who have come into contact with one of the positive cases have been asked to self-isolate with their households for 14 days.

The 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus were asked to self-isolate for at least seven days from the time they started showing symptoms or from when they received their positive test result.

A testing centre has been set up on a nearby business park and everyone living on the site has been offered a test.

The centre will be open for the next two weeks between 10.30am and 3.30pm and those living nearby can book a test online via NHS Test and Trace or by ringing 119.

A playground close to the caravan park has also been closed to help reduce social contact and the risk of transmission.

Councillor David Evans said: “Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our local residents.

“I’ve been in Craven Arms to talk to residents and businesses to answer any questions and reassure them that the risk to the general public is low.”

He added: “I would like to thank members of the community for their own ongoing support and cooperation.

“We continue to rely on everyone at the site playing their part, and want to encourage the residents to continue to self-isolate and take all the necessary precautions.

“This is the only way we can help stop the spread of the virus.”

Shropshire County Council said staff had been at the site providing residents with information on how to prevent the spread of the virus, its symptoms and what to do if they are feeling unwell.

Officials will monitor people’s symptoms on a daily basis, and PPE equipment, hand sanitisers and cleaning products have also been distributed on site.

It comes as the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK has almost reached 300,000 – it currently stands at 299,426.

More than 45,000 people have died after contracting the coronavirus, government figures show.

However, these numbers only include people tested, and the actual death toll is higher.

The UK has the highest official death toll in Europe and the third highest in the world, after the US and Brazil.


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