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Asda store shuts as eight test pos­i­tive

- By Claire Duf­fin ASDA Wal-Mart Supercentre · Cape Town · West Midlands · Facebook · United Kingdom · Smethwick · West Midlands · Sandwell · Sandwell · Banham · Attleborough · Attleborough · Norfolk · Banham Group

EIGHT work­ers at an Asda su­per­mar­ket have tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus after com­plaints that shop­pers were al­lowed in without masks.

Lo­cals claimed that the Cape Hill store in Smeth­wick, West Mid­lands, was over­crowded and some cus­tomers had re­fused to wear a face cov­er­ing.

Asda had al­ready an­nounced at a na­tional level that its staff would not ‘po­lice’ the mask rules.

The com­pany said yes­ter­day that the in­fected staff mem­bers from Cape Hill were now self-iso­lat­ing, no lo­cal de­liv­ery drivers had tested pos­i­tive and the risk to the pub­lic was low.

The shop was closed for a deep clean fol­low­ing the out­break but was open again yes­ter­day.

One cus­tomer wrote on Face­book: ‘They were very good at the start of the out­break but I think they must be worn down by the an­ar­chic be­hav­iour some of their cus­tomers have shown.’

Coro­n­avirus rates in Sandwell, the lo­cal coun­cil, are among the high­est in Bri­tain at 25.3 cases per 100,000.

Di­rec­tor of pub­lic health, Dr Lisa McNally said the cur­rent high lo­cal in­fec­tion rates meant all busi­nesses had to be es­pe­cially care­ful to main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing and ‘en­sure face cov­er­ings are worn’.

■ EIGHT more work­ers have tested pos­i­tive at the Ban­ham Poul­try fac­tory in At­tle­bor­ough, Nor­folk, bring­ing the to­tal to 104 cases.

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