Birmingham Mail : 2020-09-25

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6 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Coronaviru­s Car maker now has 37 Covid cases JAGUAR Land Rover has now confirmed a total of 37 coronaviru­s cases amongst its workforce across three of its sites in the West Midlands. The luxury car manufactur­er said that seven cases were at its factory in Castle Bromwich, while two others were at its engine plant in Wolverhamp­ton. It had earlier confirmed that 28 associates tested positive for the virus at its site in Solihull, although four had since returned to work having self-isolated. JLR described these latest developmen­ts as “isolated cases.” It said they were taking all the necessary steps to protect their staff and follow Government and Public Health England guidelines. A JLR spokeswoma­n said: “There have been seven positive Covid cases at Castle Bromwich and two at Wolverhamp­ton.” Employees have all self-isolated with contact tracing in place to reduce the chance of the virus being passed on, JLR said. The spokeswoma­n added: “We, like the rest of the country, are seeing some isolated cases of Covid-19. A small number of employees based at our Solihull manufactur­ing facility have tested positive and are self-isolating. “Through contact tracing and working in conjunctio­n with Public Health England and Solihull Council, we have identified anyone who has been in close contact with those individual­s at work and they are also self-isolating. “We continue to follow all government and NHS advice.” THE CITY CENTRE SMALL TRADERS FACING DISASTER AS OFFICES ARE ABANDONED STARVED OF James Morris, of Morridge, in the Great Western Arcade ONCE MORE... Volunteers for vaccine MORE than 2,400 people in Birmingham have signed up to take part in vaccine studies in the fight against coronaviru­s. The NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Research Registry is an online service allowing members of the public to register their interest in Covid-19 vaccine studies and be available to participat­e in future clinical trials. The willingnes­s of people to sign up is crucial in the battle to find a vaccine for the deadly virus. Birmingham has the third highest number of sign-ups at 2,495, with 250,000 people having signed up across the UK so far. Leeds is top – with over 5,000 sign-ups, and 2,850 people in Edinburgh have put their names on the list, too. By STAFF REPORTER outside Snow Hill Station. It was heavily dependent on footfall from the offices and in the past six months business has plummeted. Mandy Johnstone said: “It’s terrible. If it weren’t for the builders on Snow Hill, it wouldn’t be worth opening. If it weren’t for the Government grant, we wouldn’t have the rent money. “We’ve had four office workers coming in this morning and it’s 10.45am. “We will probably get three or four this afternoon. Usually it would have of customers came back. It’s gone down again since Tuesday. Usually there’s a queue and we would be busy and there’s no one. “Normally we would do corporate buffets, now nothing. We are contributi­ng money from our own pockets to prop up the business. “We invested a lot of money to redo this place and now we are worried for our future. It’s stress on the business, stress on the staff – where will they get a job?” Rustic is a tiny sandwich shop just shops, cafes and restaurant­s to find out how they are coping. Bon Bon is a small sandwich shop tucked away on New Market Street, flanked by tall buildings. On a normal day, a queue would be forming as workers spilled out of their offices for breakfast or lunch. Staff are operating on just 10 per cent of what they would have taken pre-Covid and owner Alex Mustafa says they fear deeply for the future. Mr Mustafa said the takeaway – in business for the past 20 years – is being propped up out of their own pockets. He said: “We now do 10 per cent of what we used to do. More than 90 per cent of our customers were office workers. We were closed in March and reopened in July. Only a handful THEY are the small businesses nestled amongst the tall buildings in Birmingham city centre which played a vital role – pre-Covid. Normally they keep a legion of office workers fed and watered. These mostly independen­tly owned businesses were dealt a blow when Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered people to work from home in March. They reopened slowly as restrictio­ns relaxed, but the workers never returned in their original numbers. And on Tuesday, Mr Johnson ordered workers to return home once more. The Birmingham Mail spoke to some of those running sandwich We now do 10 per cent of what we used to do. More than 90 per cent of our customers were office workers. Alex Mustafa, of Bon Bon PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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