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27 July 2020 18:37

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A new outbreak of coronavirus has been confirmed at a caravan park in Shropshire. Twenty-one guests have tested positive for Covid-19 at the site in the town of Craven Arms, yet the council fears numbers of cases will continue to rise before infection control measures start to take effect. The 21 people who tested positive 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. Image copyright PA Media Image caption The number of positive coronavirus tests at the caravan site rose to 23 on Monday Two further cases have been confirmed at the caravan site in Craven Arms, Shropshire, bringing the total to 23, as experts warn the number will rise. Mr Dunne said there was a "rapid response" to the outbreak from Shropshire Public Health including a testing facility set up in Craven Arms.

"What is encouraging about this for the population as a whole is it is a self-contained caravan site so the residents are co-operating fully with Shropshire Council... Rachel Robsinson, the county's director for public health, said: "Cluster outbreaks are not uncommon during a pandemic and we would like to reassure people that the risk is still very low. Testing started when two positive cases were confirmed at the site, in Long Lane, last week. So far 41 people have been tested and all residents have been told to self-isolate with their families. A nearby playground and outdoor gym has been temporarily closed to help stop transmission, and the council said it had been arranging the delivery of food, prescriptions and essential supplies for residents.

With 23 positive tests so far, the caravan park outbreak has revealed more coronavirus cases in Shropshire than were recorded in the whole of the previous week. The full number of cases recorded in Craven Arms will start to appear in the official Public Health England data over the next day or so. Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at a Shropshire caravan park. The council fears the number of cases at the site, which is in the town of Craven Arms, 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. "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." Shropshire 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. As of yesterday, Shropshire Council confirmed 23 people had tested positive for the virus at the Long Lane site, a rise of two on the day before. Shropshire Council said offers of testing to all residents at the site continue, and that it is possible further positive cases will be seen in coming days, before infection control measures and social distancing start to take effect. Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council's director of public health said: "We can confirm that there have been two further positive cases and we may see the number of cases increase in the following days as we await the results of any further testing.

"Cluster outbreaks are not uncommon during a pandemic and we would like to reassure people that the risk is still very low. Councillor Lee Chapman, local member for Church Stretton and Craven Arms and Chair of Shropshire's Health and Wellbeing Board added: "I appreciate that this will be of concern, and I want to reassure people that we have put robust measures in place since the start of the outbreak keep everyone safe. The playground and outdoor gym in Newington Way in the town were closed over the weekend as precautionary measures were put in place, and the council also delivered food, fuel and essentials to people on the Long Lane site while they self-isolate. Harry Delves, owner of Tuffins supermarket, said Public Health England had been in contact about the cases and are happy with virus measures in place in the store. If we're asked to do anything we will do." Food, prescriptions and essential items have been handed out to people self-isolating at the caravan park, and Tuffins have been doing free home deliveries to hundreds of homes since the start of lockdown. There has been a level of worry in the community, and resident Jean MacDonald said she was concerned after an unsuccessful attempt to get a Covid-19 test. But the lady who answered said she had got no record of there being an outbreak in Craven Arms.