Sky worker tests positive for coronavirus with Cardiff office evacuated

A Sky call centre has been evacuated and closed for deep cleaning after a worker was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The satellite TV giant confirmed its offices in Cardiff have had to be shut down until Thursday, with the employee self-isolating at home.

The offices, based in the Capital Quarter in Tyndall Street, sit opposite the headquarters of the Welsh NHS body Public Health Wales.

Sky bosses sent all staff home as a precaution and are now having to track down anyone who came into contact with the infected person in a bid to stop the virus spreading further, reports WalesOnline .


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"We can confirm that a Sky colleague in our Cardiff contact centre has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and they are self-isolating at home," a company statement said.

"Protecting our people is – and always will be – our top priority and so we are closing the contact centre today and sending everyone home as a precaution.

"We're contacting anyone who has been in contact with our colleague and the centre itself will be deep cleaned before reopening on Thursday."

On Monday, two further Covid-19 patients were confirmed in Wales, taking the country's total to six.

The latest two had both visited different parts of Italy which has been locked down in an effort to contain its coronavirus explosion.


Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said those who have come into contact with the half dozen confirmed cases have been spoken to.

"We are taking all appropriate actions to protect the public’s health," he continued.

"We can confirm that the two individuals are not linked to one another, and that they both travelled separately back to Wales from different parts of Italy.

He went on to say: "The individuals are being managed in clinically appropriate settings based on the assessment of a specialist infectious disease consultant. "

"The public can be assured that Wales and the whole of the UK is prepared for these types of incidents.

"Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public," he added.

British Airways suspended all its flights to and from Italy today after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended emergency coronavirus measures, including travel restrictions, to the whole country.

In light of the lockdown, the UK government urged anyone returning to Britain from Italy to self-isolate for two weeks – regardless of whether they were experiencing any symptoms.

Referring to the case at the Sky office, a spokesman said: "We can confirm that a Sky colleague in our Cardiff contact centre has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and they are self-isolating at home.

"Protecting our people is – and always will be – our top priority and so we are closing the contact centre today and sending everyone home as a precaution.

"We're contacting anyone who has been in contact with our colleague and the centre itself will be deep cleaned before re-opening on Thursday."

The diagnosed cases in Wales are one in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Neath Port Talbot, as well as two in Pembrokeshire.

Half a dozen people have died in the UK after contracting the virus with the number of cases having risen by 54 in 24 hours to 373 after four more patients were diagnosed in Scotland and Northern Ireland, alongside 46 in England.

Across the globe, more than 110,000 have been infected and 3,800 have died – but 62,000 have recovered and some research in China suggests 81 percent of cases cause only minor illnesses.

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