FORTY-two cases of Coronavirus have been linked to a Bala bakery, Gwynedd Council has confirmed.

An Incident Management Team (IMT) has been set up to control the outbreak at the town's Cake Crew production facility based at the Enterprise Park.

The bakery, which employs 330 people, is now working with a number of agencies, including Gwynedd Council, Public Health Wales and Betsi Cadwaladr in attempts to contain the outbreak.

In addition, one case has seen a pupil from the town's Ysgol Godre'r Berwyn School also test positive for Covid-19.

A statement on behalf of the ITM read: "An Incident Management Team (IMT), comprising of representatives from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Gwynedd Council, Public Health Wales and Shropshire Council, has been established to manage an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Cake Crew food manufacturing facility in Bala. The multi-agency team is working closely with the company to control the situation.

“The latest information shows that there are a total of 42 Covid-19 cases amongst the Cake Crew workforce. All staff who have tested positive or who have been identified as contacts are being asked to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus. Everyone who is affected are being contacted by the local Test, Trace and Protect teams and provided with additional advice for themselves, their household and other contacts.

“In addition, one pupil from Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn has also tested positive for Covid-19 and is linked to the Cake Crew outbreak. They along with all relevant contacts from the school are self-isolating. The school has acted promptly and are working with the local Test, Trace and Protect team to offer advice to the relevant families.

“We send our best wishes to all who have been impacted and urge them to continue to follow the advice provided to help stop the spread of the virus. Anyone who develops any Covid-19 symptoms are urged to self-isolate and arrange a test immediately.

“More generally, we would remind the public that they have a vital role in preventing the spread of Covid-19. They can do this by wearing a face covering, observing social distancing, washing hands regularly and keeping windows and doors open where possible to help ventilate indoor areas.”

The Cake Crew has been approached for comment.