Relief as covid outbreak at Greggs factory 'won't affect sausage roll supplies'

Pastry production was put on hold at a Greggs factory in Newcastle on Wednesday after an outbreak of coronavirus among staff.

A ‘small number’ of the 300 workers at the factory have tested positive, a spokesperson confirmed.

They added that the company is working with local public health authorities to minimise the impact on the local area.

To the great relief of customers across the UK, the bakery chain reassured sausage roll fans that supplies would not be affected due to a large reserve of frozen stock.

A Greggs spokesperson told Sky News: ‘Following a small number of colleagues having tested positive for COVID-19 at our Balliol manufacturing facility, we have taken the decision to temporarily stop production as a precautionary measure to keep our teams as safe as possible.’

The factory is in the part of North East England where 2 million people are covered by a local lockdown.

It is the latest in a string of food manufacturing plants that have been at the centre of coronavirus outbreaks.

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