It’s been claimed that a coronavirus outbreak at a meat factory in West Yorkshire was shrouded in “secrecy”. The Kober factory – a supplier to Asda – has been temporarily closed after workers tested positive. Kirklees Council said no-one at the factory has died, or been seriously ill, but we’ve learned about 100 people have been asked to self-isolate.
Toilet rolls. Hand sanitiser. Pasta. Flour. The early pandemic-induced shortages have passed in the UK, but now there is a new one: bicycles. As people venture further afield for exercise, or return to the workplace while avoiding public transport, bikes – new and used – are at a premium. From a teacher who was told she might have to wait until 2021 for new stock, to the NHS worker whose bike was stolen while she shopped for food, we speak to some of the people who’ve struggled to get their hands on a bike – old or new – during lockdown.