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Wetherspoon pub in coronavirus outbreak after bingo night as 1000 people tested

A Wetherspoon pub has been caught up in a coronavirus outbreak which is sweeping through a village in Newcastle.

The Arnold Machin Wetherspoon pub has been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak following a bingo night at the venue on Ironmarket, Newcastle.

Authorities have said 16 confirmed cases have stemmed from a bingo night at Silverdale Working Men's Club (WMC) on Sunday, August 16.

Track and trace has warned 12 venues in the area, and Clayton, with the Wetherspoon pub caught up in the process, StokeOnTrent Live reports.

Anyone who was in the boozer on Wednesday, August 26, and Thursday, August 27, is now being urged to get a coronavirus test over the bank holiday weekend.

Punters who have visited The Westbury Tavern, on Westbury Road, Clayton, on August 26 and August 27 have also been urged to get tested.

It comes as more than 1000 people have been tested for Covid-19 since Friday amid the rising R rate across the UK.

In a statement, Staffordshire County Council's Director Of Health and Care, Dr Richard Harling, confirmed track an trace activity is "a widening network from the original bingo event as people met with friends and family and went out socialising."

Dr Harling said: "What we are seeing from test and trace activity is a widening network from the original bingo event as people met with friends and family and went out socialising.

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"More than 1,000 people have already been tested, but we need everyone who was at any of the venues on the given dates to get tested.

"This is vital in our work to identify people who may have the virus and help contain the spread of infection even further."

To get tested, appointments can be booked online or by turning up at a mobile drive in testing unit.

In New Castle, these testing centres can be found at the Old Recreation Centre, in Knutton, or a walk-through centre on Ryecroft Car Park, in Newcastle.

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