Coronavirus outbreak closes two police stations – eight officers test positive | UK | News (Reports)

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Newtownabbey and Antrim police stations in County Antrim Northern Ireland was the epicentre of the outbreak The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed that eight officers have tested positive for Covid-19. About the latest incident Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: “Following reports of a number of officers from Antrim Station being unwell, these officers have undergone testing for Covid-19. At this time, eight of these officers have tested positive for the virus.

“We have undertaken, and we will continue to undertake a range of appropriate measures, in line with public health advice and guidance, to address the issue.

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“This includes the closure of both Antrim and Newtownabbey stations in order to conduct a deep clean.

“Colleagues from across the district are also self-isolating and will undergo testing for Covid-19.

“I want to reassure the public that we have plans in place to ensure the continuance of service delivery to keep our people and our communities safe.

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“We are also working to identify any other risks arising from this outbreak and will address those with our health care partners.”

Northern Ireland is now tightening its coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The Northern Ireland Assembly has set new rules to reduce the number of people allowed to meet, as it tackles a rise in coronavirus cases.

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann said groups who meet outdoors would now be limited to 15.

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He added: “Unless we take action now I fear it would soon have been too late to arrest further extensive spread of the virus.”

On Friday a meat plant in Northern Ireland, called Cranswick Country Foods, was the scene of another coronavirus outbreak.

There have been 35 cases associated with the factory.

Mr Swann said: “All the workers and recent visitors to the factory should be required to self-isolate.”

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