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Covid-19 infection cluster among seasonal agricultural workers

Discussion in 'Personal' started by DrLinus, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. DrLinus

    DrLinus Lead commenter

    I have no doubt Britain will see more clusters of infection among in situ dormitoried seasonal workers.
    Currently these workers must self-isolate for fourteen days but it is unclear how farms facilitate this when these workers are legally permitted to work during this period.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...vities-in-edible-horticulture-on-a-named-farm

    Should the owners of these farms be prosecuted for permitting these clusters or are the British government's policies wholly to blame for putting these people's lives at risk and jeopardising Britain's food security?

     
  2. Symingtons

    Symingtons Occasional commenter


    Good question. What's your answer to it?
     
  3. sadscientist

    sadscientist Senior commenter

    Good questions are open questions or closed questions. This is just a poke.
     
  4. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Farmers invest in mechanisation. It is the 21st century, not the 17th.
     
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  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    These are presumably the seasonal agricultural workers that people said would not be coming to the UK this year.

    No more so than care home managers should be prosecuted for the outbreaks that have occured on their premises.
     
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  6. DrLinus

    DrLinus Lead commenter

    Factual news story and relevant questions.
     
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  7. sadscientist

    sadscientist Senior commenter

    Ah, l see, you intended multiple questions. Sorry, I was misled by your lack of punctuation.
     
  8. DrLinus

    DrLinus Lead commenter

    I assume a reasonable attention span in graduate professionals.
     
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  9. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    What are your thoughts out of interest?
     
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  10. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    MM!
    “Is this the room for an argument?”
     
  11. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Another question to add, did they bring it into the country?
     
  12. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Does your bed have two sides?
     
  13. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    UK farms are highly mechanised. More so than many other countries. Technology is not as good as humans in many cases though, which is why farms still rely on people to pick certain crops (e.g. apples). It is improving and Brexit is likely to accelerate its development.
     
  14. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

     
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  15. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Probably the best use of apples.
     
  16. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Apples for eating. I doubt many people would want to buy eating apples harvested in this way.
     
  17. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    And yet we buy mechanically harvested potatoes, carrots etc. I recall a similar thing being said about them in the past. How much more would you pay to have them hand picked?
     
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  18. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Is the fruit picked by infected people safe to eat?
     
  19. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    They were surprised apparently by the extent of the asymptomatic cases.
     
  20. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    I haven't heard if the source of the outbrak has been identified.In the past, most of the farm's workforce came from Eastern Europe, but travel restrictions have meant that this year they depended on a local recruitment drive to use furloughed UK workers. Any Eastern Europeans arriving in the last month would have had to quarantine for 14 days.
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2020

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