Tate Modern employee tests positive for coronavirus

Josh Salisbury (13 March, 2020)

The staff member does not work in a front of house role, the gallery said

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An employee at the Tate Modern in Bankside has tested positive for coronavirus, the gallery said in a statement.

The world-famous attraction said the areas in which the employee has come into contact had been deep-cleaned, and that it would remain open as normal.

The member of staff does not work in a front-of-house role.

“The safety of staff and visitors is always our first priority,” said a gallery spokesperson.

“We are following scientific guidance from Public Health England and are in close contact with DCMS.

“Tate had already heightened its level of cleaning in both the galleries and office spaces as a pre-emptive measure and is regularly updating staff with the latest guidance.”

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Those who were working alongside the member of staff who tested positive have been tracked down, and they’ve been advised “to follow public health guidance.”

It comes in a fast-moving day for coronavirus developments, including the cancellation of inpatient activity at King’s College Hospital, because of growing numbers of virus cases.

Bemondsey and Old Southwark MP, Neil Coyle – whose constituency covers the Tate Modern – has also shut down his Jamaica Road office to the public for two weeks as a precaution against the disease.

He told the News that nobody on his team was showing symptoms of the coronavirus, but that it was a precaution due to the number of vulnerable residents visiting his surgery for advice.

There are thirteen confirmed cases of coronavirus in Southwark. However, yesterday the government warned between five and ten thousand could have the condition.

Medical advisers added that testing would now be concentrated on those inside hospitals, and not the general public.



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