South Africa’s Tiger Brands has shut a bread production facility after an undisclosed number of coronavirus cases among staff.

Tiger said it would “temporarily close” its bakery in the city of Durban “as a precautionary measure after some staff members tested positive for Covid-19”.

In a statement, the owner of the Albany bread brand said: “The company has taken this decision in line with best practice protocols and in the interest of the health and safety of all its employees at the bakery, which is its biggest priority.

“The company has put in place measures to support all staff while they undergo Covid-19 testing. All protocols and regulatory requirements as mandated by the DOH [South Africa’s Department of Health] and the NICD [The National Institute for Communicable Diseases] have been followed.”

Asked how Tiger would cover the site’s output, the group pointed just-food to the statement, which added: “Alternative arrangements will be made to supply its Durban customer base from the company’s other facilities.”

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Tiger, which operates in a number of categories in South Africa, said last week it had shut a number of its plants as the company adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.

The publicly-listed business has closed factories manufacturing snack products and seasonings, as well as some of its beverages and home- and personal-care items.