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“Something has clearly gone badly wrong” at the call centre in Motherwell which saw a coronavirus outbreak over the weekend, but a local lockdown would not make any difference to infection spread, according to Scotland’s deputy first minister John Swinney.
A total of 19 cases have been linked to the Sitel site in North Lanarkshire, which was doing work for NHS England’s test and trace system. Swinney told BBC Radio Scotland that all 360 staff at the call centre had now been tested and that so far 14 staff and five others have returned positive results. But he added that a local lockdown was not being considered because of the call centre’s position in the centre of Scotland, adjacent to the motorway, with staff and others coming from all across the country.
He said steps had been taken to “meticulously follow” every contact to try and break the chain of transmission.
Swinney added that pubs, coffee shops and shops have been alerted after Sitel staff gave their tracing details. “That is the most effective strategy that we can put in place to avoid having to go to any wider lockdown situation,” he said.
After concerns were raised about a lack of physical distancing in the call centre, he said: “There is a very serious situation at this facility, where something has clearly gone badly wrong in the working arrangements resulting in such an outbreak.”
Agenda for the day
Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Caroline Davies.
Here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: The ONS is due to publish some research on coronavirus and schooling.
9.30am: Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, gives evidence to the Commons communities committee about his decision to approve a planning application from Tory donor Richard Desmond against official advice.
9.30am: Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, gives evidence to the Commons transport committee.
9.30am: Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, gives evidence to the Commons work and pensions committee about suicides amongst claimants.
10am: Labour is expected to issue an apology in court to former members of staff who sued the party for libel over what it said about them when they complained to Panorama about its handling of antisemitism when Jeremy Corbyn was leader.
10.30am: Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, gives evidence to the Lords constitution committee.
12pm: Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer at the last PMQs before the summer recess (starting tonight).
12.30pm: James Brokenshire, the security minister, is expected to respond to a Commons urgent question about the ISC’s Russia report.
1.30pm: Downing Street lobby briefing.
3.30pm: Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, gives evidence to the Commons science committee about 5G.
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