A coronavirus outbreak at a meat factory was shrouded in “secrecy”, it has been claimed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed there had been cases in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, at Thursday’s briefing.
Positive results were confirmed at the Kober factory, a supplier to Asda, which has temporarily closed the plant.
Resident Alan Hair said he was “angry at the level of secrecy” while MP Tracy Brabin branded the announcement as “incredibly careless”.
Kirklees Council said it did not tell the public “because it doesn’t combat the spread of the virus, compromises patient confidentiality and it could discourage businesses and organisations from coming forward in future”.
Mr Hair, who lives half a mile from the processing plant, said the health secretary’s announcement was a “surprise” and people “ought