More than a hundred coronavirus outbreaks are treated "quickly and tacitly" across the UK every week, the health minister said.
Matt Hancock revealed how flare-ups in schools, businesses, and pubs across the country are consistently treated with "local measures" just nine days after many businesses reopened.
He said that increased testing, some of which are door-to-door in infected areas, means that officials can be more targeted rather than taking national action.
Matt Hancock revealed how flare-ups in schools, businesses, and pubs across the country are consistently treated with "local actions."
Hancock's comments come after 73 cases of the virus have been confirmed at AS Green and Co, a farm in Mathon, Herefordshire, which has resulted in around 200 workers being quarantined as a precaution.
In the meantime, Monday has been two weeks since Mr. Hancock announced that Leicester will be the first city to be blocked on site – restrictions that he is likely to review later this week.
The health minister added that many of the outbreaks will be nipped in the bud before they can "get the news going".
A policeman with a surgical face mask stands at the entrance to AS Green and Co Farm in Mathon, Herefordshire on July 12, 2020
People on the AS Green and Co site look over the fence on July 12th in Mathon, Herefordshire
The employees on the website seem to be doing social distancing when they spend time on their phones
Another 21 people have died of coronavirus in 24 hours in the UK, increasing the death toll to 44,819
Another 21 people have died from coronavirus within 24 hours, increasing the death toll in the UK to 44,819.
Today's number, which covers deaths in nursing homes, hospitals and across the community, is the lowest on Sunday since the blockade began in March.
But numbers rThe data published on Sunday is usually smaller due to a delay in processing at the weekend.
Although there was a slight decrease in the death toll from 22 out of 22 last Sunday, this weekend has raised concerns about a possible second surge after 148 deaths were reported yesterday.
The number on Saturday was more than twice the previous week and came three weeks after the shops were allowed to reopen the first time the lock was loosened.
A total of 650 people tested positive for the virus today, increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 289,603.
Yesterday, 820 people tested positive.
No deaths were reported in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the second Sunday when pubs, bars and restaurants could open their doors to tired night owls.
In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, Hancock said, “Over 100 local actions are taken across the country each week – some of which will spread the news, but many more will be dealt with quickly and tacitly.
"This is largely thanks to the incredible efforts of the local authorities, who all intensified and published their local anti-outbreak plans by the end of June."
In an article for the newspaper, the health minister said officials would "hunt" the virus by targeting problem areas.
Increased testing capacity means that the government can take "more targeted local action and fewer national barriers" to allow easing for most of the country, he said.
The newspaper reports that door-to-door testing conducted in the most affected areas of Leicester should be used more to contain outbreaks in the coming months.
Portable walk-in centers are also stationed in areas where the virus flares up.
Another 21 people are said to have died on Sunday of covid-19, the lowest number since the blockade began in March.
However, the numbers released on Sunday are usually lower due to a weekend delay.
On Sunday, the Midlands and Herefordshire Council of Public Health England (PHE) announced that around 200 employees of vegetable producer AS Green and Co were suspended following a Covid 19 outbreak in the workforce.
The farm supplies vegetables to large supermarket chains such as Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and M & S.
73 workers tested positive for the virus, resulting in the entire group of workers living in shared apartments on Rook Row Farm being isolated together as "an elongated bladder".
The police guarded the exits of a vegetable farm yesterday when the residents of the farm's static caravans were locked.
The council said it would arrange food and basic supplies for the area's residents while isolating themselves.
Another 21 people have died from coronavirus within 24 hours, increasing the death toll in the UK to 44,819
Police are guarding the exits as hundreds of vegetable farm employees living in trailers are told to isolate themselves after 73 employees at Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda, and M&S POSITIVE suppliers tested for corona virus
- A S Green And Co employees asked them to isolate themselves on the Mathon site near Malvern
- Mass tests were carried out after some workers showed symptoms of the error
- Visitors and members of the management team who were negative were also tested
- The company has measures to reduce virus risk, including testing and social distancing
By Georgia Simcox and James Robinson for MailOnline
The police are guarding the exits of a vegetable farm today The company supplies a number of large supermarket chains after 73 employees have worked and lived on the site in trailers that tested positive for corona virus.
A total of 200 employees were instructed to isolate themselves from the employees at A S Green And Co in Mathon, Herefordshire, tested positive for Covid-19 – causing the deaths of nearly 45,000 people in the UK.
Workers are busy picking and packing at the site southwest of Worcester and east of Hereford while living in mobile homes on Rook Row Farm.
No workers on the site are allowed to walk, but receive the support they need – officials treat the group as "an elongated bubble".
The farm supplies vegetables to large supermarket chains such as Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and M & S.
Visitors and members of the management team were also tested and the company confirmed that all previous results outside of their website were negative.
The company has taken a number of infection control measures to reduce the risk of employees being exposed to the virus.
This includes the support of tests, the promotion of social distance in communal social areas and in packaging areas indoors.
If necessary, they also provide PPE for the staff, encourage regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds and the use of face coverings in closed areas.
A S Green And Co employees were tested after some employees showed symptoms of the error (stock photo).
A policeman with a face mask is standing next to his car at the gates of Rook Row Farm
The Rook Row Farm is currently closed to all visitors and employees receive the support they need on the website, the company said in a statement
The site is still waiting for all results, but 73 positive cases have been confirmed so far.
During the harvest, local workers live in mobile homes, all with toilets, showers, and kitchen facilities, and participants share accommodation.
As a precaution, officials say the entire group is treated as an "extended bladder."
The Herefordshire Council organizes groceries and basic supplies for the residents of the site while isolating themselves.
This happened after farmers in the Feed The Nation campaign asked people to take paid roles on local farms to prevent food from rotting in the fields.
The owner of A S Green And Co was looking for 100 pickers and 60 packers for his family team in late April, the Hereford Times reported.
In a statement posted on its website, the company said, “We confirm that we are working closely with Public Health England and the Herefordshire Council public health team to support a number of our employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.
& # 39; As a precaution, we have arranged to review other key employees, including members of the management team and visitors associated with A S Green, and can confirm that all previous results outside of our website have been returned with negative results. So far there have been 73 positive cases on our website.
200 workers on the vegetable farm were asked to isolate themselves in mobile homes (pictured) after 73 people tested positive for coronavirus
Workers are asked to isolate themselves on the farm and stay in household groups to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to the workforce
& # 39; Our website is currently closed to all visitors. With the help of the various positions, no employees are allowed to leave our website and receive the necessary support on our website.
& # 39; Our workforce and the local community are our priority during this difficult time and we continue to follow the instructions of the relevant authorities to ensure that the spread of the virus is controlled and our workforce is supported.
& # 39; Public Health England points out that Covid-19 is very unlikely to be transferable through food or food packaging, so shoppers can remain confident of buying UK fruit and vegetables.
"Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times."
The Director of Public Health at Herefordshire CCG speaks in front of Rook Row Farm in Mathon near Malvern
A man puts on PSA when he arrives at Rook Row Farm in Mathon near Malvern in Herefordshire
Katie Spence, PHE Midlands Health Protection Director, said: & # 39; We work closely with the management of AS Green and Co to support the health and well-being of their workforce and general public health.
& # 39; At this stage of the pandemic, we still expect cases in the community and in environments where people are closer together, such as B. at work. This is why the test and trace system is important in order to identify potential problems and take quick remedial measures to reduce the spread.
& # 39; To support this workforce of around 200 key employees, the company has taken a number of infection control measures to reduce the risk of employees being exposed to COVID-19.
“The measures include the support of on-site tests, the promotion of social distance in communal social areas and in the packaging area for interiors. Providing personnel with PPE where appropriate, encouraging regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds and encouraging the use of facial clothing in confined areas. "
Despite these measures, a small number of workers became symptomatic earlier this week, and they and some close contacts among workers were initially tested and found positive.
"According to the NHS guidelines, people were asked to isolate themselves for 7 days, while their households and close contacts were asked to isolate themselves for 14 days."
& # 39; Since we saw a global trend that large food producers are exposed to outbreaks as a precaution, the decision was made to test the entire workforce.
The site is still waiting for all results, but 73 positive cases have been confirmed so far (stock photo)
The owner of A S Green And Co was looking for 100 pickers and 60 packers for his family team at the end of April
& # 39; The first results showed a significant percentage of positive cases, although these people were asymptomatic.
"We are still waiting for some final results, but we currently have 73 positive cases of COVID-19 in the workforce."
"PHE Midlands and Herefordshire Council are therefore working with AS Green and Co to closely monitor and manage the outbreak and support individual workers."
A spokesman for AS Green said: “Our employees are our priority. They are hard-working key workers who help us to provide the country with food in these unusual times.
"We have contacted PHE and are working closely with them and the Herefordshire Council public health to prevent the spread of COVID-19."
The company said Public Health England is pointing out that Covid-19 is very unlikely to be transmitted through food or food packaging (stock photo).
A S Green And Co specializes in the cultivation of runner beans, tenderstem broccoli, broad beans and holda beans
Karen Wright, director of public health in Herefordshire, said: “Herefordshire is the first to experience such an outbreak, but this is not unexpected.
“Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of all residents in our community. Through quick tests on the farm, we were able to understand the transmission and control the spread of infections.
“We continue to support management, their employees, who are an important part of our local economy, and the local community in this challenging time.
"Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in taste or smell should call 119 or go online to schedule a test."
Herefordshire had 809 confirmed cases of the virus at a rate of 421.1 (per 100,000 population), according to the daily government statistics released around 6pm last night.
The company harvests from mid-May to mid-November and has packaging work in winter
In April, Andrew Green, owner of AS Green and Co, told The Hereford Times: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to increasing demand for fresh produce, but with stricter border controls and travel restrictions, many UK farmers are facing labor shortages that jeopardize their products . & # 39;
He added: "The role not only offers the opportunity to work in a safe and healthy environment during the summer months, but also enables those who are financially affected by the pandemic to increase their income without jeopardizing the support, that they get through the government’s vacation program. & # 39;
Following the Pick for Britain campaign – an initiative that brings British workers and farmers together to prevent plants from rotting in the soil during the pandemic – the farm said it had received more than 300 applications.
The company's website says workers are expected to share accommodation on Rook Row Farm, while there is a recreational building with a pool table, dart board, and TV for all employees.
A spokeswoman for the National Farmers & # 39; Union (NFU) said: "Industry takes this problem incredibly seriously and everything is done to ensure worker safety. Your health and safety remains a priority.
& # 39; Major investments have been made across the industry this season. through the use of additional safety equipment and PPE, regular checking of temperatures and compliance with governmental guidelines created specifically for seasonal workers. "
Karen Wright, director of public health in Herefordshire, asked anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 to arrange a test.
"While Herefordshire is the first to experience such an outbreak, it's not unexpected," she said in a statement.
“Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of all residents in our community.
“With quick tests on the farm, we were able to understand the transmission and control the spread of infections.
"We continue to support management, their employees, who are an important part of our local economy, and the local community in this challenging time."
The outbreak occurs after the blockage in Leicester, East Midlands, has been extended by at least two weeks following an increase in coronavirus cases.
The scientific advisors at number 10 announced on July 10 that the R rate in the UK is between 0.7 and 0.9.
The R rate represents the average number of people infected by each Covid-19 patient, and SAGE admitted that there were one or more in London, the Midlands, the Northeast, and Yorkshire, the Southeast, and the Southwest could.
A S Green And Co specializes in the cultivation of runner beans, tenderstem broccoli, broad beans and holda beans.
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