Boozed-up 70 Zimbabwean revellers told to self-isolate after Covid19 outbreak hits Birmingham pub

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  • The Soho Foundry Tavern in Smethwick shut last Thursday after Covid outbreak 
  • Three people who went to  barbecue on Sunday, August 2, test positive for virus 
  • Health bosses now tell 70 attendants to self isolate until at least August 16  

Up to 70 customers, mainly Zimbabweans who attended a pub barbecue in Birmingham are being told to self-isolate after three people tested positive for Covid-19.

The Soho Foundry Tavern in Smethwick, reported a coronavirus outbreak and made the decision to shut on Thursday.

Sandwell Council and Public Health England bosses are asking the 70 people who attended the event at the pub on Sunday, August 8, to self-isolate.

Three people tested positive for Covid-19 following a barbecue at the Soho Foundry Tavern in Smethwick on August 2

Three people tested positive for Covid-19 following a barbecue at the Soho Foundry Tavern in Smethwick on August 2 

Three people who were at the West Midlands barbecue, including staff, have since tested positive, the local authority has confirmed.

Health officials are now telling people who were at the pub in Foundry Lane to self-isolate until this Sunday.

Deputy council leader Maria Crompton said: ‘We urgently need to alert anyone who attended the event last weekend to self-isolate until Sunday 16th August.

‘If they have any symptoms they should book a test.

‘Everyone needs to stay incredibly vigilant – the virus is still out there and the situation remains extremely serious – as this potential outbreak shows.’

The council also praised the pub manager’s action in response to the outbreak.

‘They did exactly what we would want business owners to do in this situation,’ director of public health at the local authority, Dr Lisa McNally said.

‘They voluntarily took the decision to close and contacted us for advice. I would urge all businesses to do the same.

‘Pubs need to be very careful at this time to gather contact details of customers and ensure social distancing at all times.’

The borough of Sandwell was named as an ‘area of concern’ last week and put on a national watch list.

However, the rate in the borough has since dropped by a third after the spike.-dailymail

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