A CORONAVIRUS outbreak has erupted at a Greggs factory in the North East causing the chain to halt production.
The bakery chain said it decided to temporarily close the site in Newcastle after a "small number" of its team tested positive for the disease.
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They said the move was just a "a precautionary measure to keep teams as safe as possible".
But Greggs has not confirmed how many workers tested positive with some employees still waiting to find out whether they are infected.
The site in Longbenton has around 300 employees and will be deep cleaned before reopening.
The company said it would reopen the premises at Balliol Business Park "as soon as we are able to".
A spokesperson for Greggs said: "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.
"We are now working closely with the local Health Protection Team to ensure that we minimise any possible impact to the wider community in Newcastle and the surrounding areas.
"We do not foresee any stock shortages in our shops at this time.”
Around two million people in the North East are under local lockdown rules following a surge in cases.
Residents are banned from socialising indoors or in gardens with anyone from outside their own households or support bubbles.
The affected areas are Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham.
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