07 November 2020 22:36
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As the plant packages around a fifth of England's pork, the government have been warned of the outbreak. They are driving to supermarkets out of town." A local resident said, "It's a huge concern for everybody, you can see a marked difference in the way people are living." The town has now been divided over what to do about Cranswick Country Foods. Councillor Gilbert believes it should be closed, he said, "To keep it open, even with a skeleton staff, who knows how many people are contracting it. "No matter how much pork it produces, it is a dangerous situation for not just the people working there but the wider community." Thank you for taking the time to read this news article "Market town of 7,000 people has highest Covid-19 rate in UK". For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.
The surge in cases in Watton has left residents too afraid to leave their homes. The town had 1,516 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days up to October 27, after 248 people tested positive at Cranswick Country Foods. The rest of the county has very few cases, with North Norfolk having the lowest rate in England. As the plant packages around a fifth of England's pork the government have been warned of the outbreak. Health officials are now deciding whether to close part of the abattoir. Local councillor Keith Gilbert, who lives in the town, said: "Many people have stopped shopping in Watton completely. "They are driving to supermarkets out of town." Alan Diver, 67, said: "It's a huge concern for everybody, you can see a marked difference in the way people are living. (Image: Alamy Stock Photo) Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now "Everyone walks around with their masks on in public." But Laura Elliott, who runs the butchers Steven Smith Quality Meat, insists people are following the rules. She said: "We insist everyone who enters wears a mask, unless they have an exemption. "We've become extra careful with our precautions." Elsewhere in Norfolk there are relatively few Covid cases, with north Norfolk having the lowest infection rate in England in the week up to October 27. And the town has been split over what to do about Cranswick Country Foods. Councillor Gilbert believes it should be closed, he said: "To keep it open, even with a skeleton staff, who knows how many people are contracting it. "No matter how much pork it produces, it is a dangerous situation for not just the people working there but the wider community." (Image: Ralph Blackburn/Triangle News) Norfolk County Public Health has asked the Health Secretary to order the butchery section, where half the workforce tested positive, to close. While the council is continuing to test staff, and of the 767 tests carried out by Friday, 248 staff had tested positive. A Norfolk Public Health spokesperson said: "We've been working hard with our partners to respond to the outbreak at Cranswick Country Foods in Watton. "With support from the local NHS, our District Council colleagues and mobile testing units from the DHSC, we're testing all employees at the site and directing individuals with a positive test result, and their close contacts to self-isolate. "We have also strongly advised Cranswick's management to ask all staff in the butchery section to self-isolate as close contacts. "We continue to be in close contact with the company and with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to combat any community transmission of the virus in the town." After the outbreak was made public last week, Cranswick said: "We are continuing to work cooperatively with Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive, Defra and Norfolk County Council."