Coronavirus cases in the UK have now reached a total of 51, with the government announcing earlier today the precautions which are being put in place in case of major outbreak. As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread, members of the public are bound to worry about how far-reaching the disease has now become. It has now emerged one case has been confirmed on the lot where ITV quiz Catchphrase and former show Take Me Out are filmed.
With the nation on high alert, it’s been revealed a staff member at the Maidstone Studios has contracted the virus, causing problems for their colleagues.
The workers have been told to self-isolate and work from home, with a neighbouring studio lot also taking precautions.
Reports from Kent Online suggest the staff member in question had returned from a trip from Italy, where the cases have surged in the past fortnight.
A spokesperson for Vinters Business Park, where the studios are located, confirmed the news about the outbreak.
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They said in a statement via Metro UK: “We can confirm that there has been notification that a tenant of the Vinters Business Park has made us aware that a member of their team has tested positive for Covid-19, and that their team is taking the sensible precaution of self-isolating and working from home.
“Vinters Business Park has taken steps to reiterate the guidance from (the) UK government for employers and businesses.
“In the meantime, Vinters Business Park has activated a range of advised actions and procedures oriented to safeguard the health and safety of all tenants, as per the guidance from (the) UK government.”
The surge of cases in the UK over the past few days has forced the NHS to take action, with some care services now being placed in rank of importance.
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