Health chiefs say they are getting in touch with people in Lichfield who may have been in contact with someone who has been identified as having the South African strain of coronavirus.

Staffordshire County Council and Public Health England say an employee at a Tamworth business has been found to have the new variant.

It is believed around 50 people across Tamworth and Lichfield may have been in contact with the individual and all are now being contacted as a precautionary measure.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care, said:

“We are aware that someone working in Tamworth has tested positive for the South African variant.

“While the risk of community transmission is very small, we want to proactively test anyone who may have been in close contact with this person so we can help identify if there are any other cases and help break the chain of infection.”

Dr Richard Harling

The close contacts will be contacted and offered a home test tomorrow (19th February).

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  1. I think the business concern should be named and closed until further notice, to avoid further spreading of the new virus.

  2. I agree with Joan Bennett. I think it should be closed. I think that any business that may have been linked to this one should be named to avoid spreading the virus.

  3. I have just had Corona virus and it was not nice, please name the company so people are aware because we need to know.

  4. Steady on people. Just because an employee of a business has tested positive for the new variant, it doesn’t mean the place needs to be named, shamed and closed down. There’s no mention of any transmission within the business and it’s clear from the article that there’s a thorough contact tracing programme in place. Let’s follow the rules, and stay safe, but let’s not panic…

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