A Jobcentre in Oldham has been forced to close for a week after claims 10 coronavirus cases were reported in a month.

The Public and Commercial Services union said that a number of positive Covid-19 cases had been confirmed at the Union Street branch since the end of September.

They said staff who have been in contact with those who tested positive have been self-isolating and deep cleans have been carried out.

Union reps previously called for the office to be closed for 14-days to stop the outbreak from growing.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have confirmed the office will be shut until next Monday, 2 November.

In a statement, A PSC spokesperson said: "We have called for the closure of DWP Oldham jobcentre after a 10th case of coronavirus was reported since the end of September.

"Staff who have come into close contact with those affected have been self-isolating and deep cleans have been carried out.  

"Local union reps believe the quick succession of cases constitutes a Covid outbreak and that the office should be subject to a 14-day “circuit break” closure to stem the tide of cases. 

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A spokesperson from Oldham Council said: "Oldham Council’s Environmental Health and Public Health teams are working together with DWP Oldham Job Centre to ensure that their offices are covid safe."

A DWP spokesperson said: " We take the health and safety of our staff extremely seriously and we will always take appropriate action to ensure their welfare.

"We have implemented COVID-secure measures across all our sites to make sure they comply with Public Health England and government guidelines."