Swindon’s health boss has written to more than 30 supermarkets across the town as fears grow over rising coronavirus case rates.  

Borough council director of public health Steve Maddern thanked staff for their efforts in preventing the spread and also offered advice to reduce the risk of transmission in their stores. 

A council spokesman said: “Our environment health team will continue to visit and contact certain supermarkets to raise some of the issues that residents have been reporting, including overcrowding in stores.  

“Supermarkets are amongst the most frequent common exposure settings for catching coronavirus. 

“Remember it’s not solely the responsibility of supermarkets to keep you safe. When entering a store, you must wear a mask that covers both your nose and mouth, unless you are exempt, and you must keep a safe distance between yourself and other shoppers. If an aisle is busy, avoid it and return when it is safe to do so.”