A further increase in coronavirus cases at the Bakkavor factory in Newark has prompted Lincolnshire officials to urge people to be extra careful if they visit the town at the county’s border.
The dessert factory has confirmed that there has now been 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19, either at the facility or through people who have been in contact with staff.
This is a rise of 26 cases from the previously reported figure of 72, after the company conducted 1,200 tests on staff (out of a total of 1,600+).
Of those initial 72, 26 of them lived in Lincolnshire, with 23 working at the factory and the other three being family members of employees.
With the latest round of testing, data now shows that 29 Lincolnshire residents involved in the Bakkavor factory have tested positive for COVID-19.
The factory’s outbreak of cases had resulted in Lincoln going on the COVID-19 “red list” for a week.
In response to this, Lincolnshire County Council has urged people travelling to Newark for work and leisure to pay close attention to government guidance.