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Buckfast halts production over coronavirus fears and vows to ‘protect NHS’ – Daily Record

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It comes as 584 people in Scotland have tested positive for coronavirus – which has so far resulted in 16 deaths.

Buckfast Tonic Wine has halted production over coronavirus fears.
The English booze company is shutting its doors as it vows to ‘play its part in helping protect the NHS’.
Stopping production, at Buckfast Abbey, is with immediate effect with the owners saying it was not an easy decision to make.
It comes as 584 people in Scotland have tested positive for coronavirus – which has so far resulted in 16 deaths.
This new figure is an increase of 85 overnight.
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Now the tonic wine maker is backing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as it announced lockdown to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The company is urging the public to take the lockdown seriously as they ‘put employees safety first’ in a bid to look after the community.
In a statement the drinks giant said: “Given the unprecedented Covid-19 situation, we wanted to take time to update you on our position.
“With immediate effect our offices and production lines will temporarily close, this decision was not taken lightly, however we must act on the Governments advice.
“Our safety and wellbeing of our employees, and the wider community is of the utmost importance.
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“We must play our part in helping to protect our NHS by asking our employees to stay at home.
“With the temporary closure, our distribution network will be freed up to play its part in delivering vital essential commodities across the United Kingdom at this time.
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“Our production will commence as soon as we can. 
“Thank you for your understanding.”

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