Renishaw has closed one of the buildings at its New Mills headquarters after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

The building, located at the engineering giant's Wotton-under-Edge base, has been closed from Sunday evening for a deep clean after the worker tested positive over the weekend. It is set to reopen on Wednesday.

Contact tracing has been undertaken and any employees who had contact with the affected person over the past seven days are now in self-isolation. The affected employee is now recovering at home.

The employee who tested positive had only been present in one building over the past seven days. All other buildings at the New Mills site remain open.

A spokesman said: "Renishaw has been taking a range of precautions in recent weeks to minimise the risk of infection for its employees and the wider community.

"Many employees are working from home, movement between sites is heavily restricted, sites are zoned where possible to ensure only minimal movement between buildings, and social distancing measures are in place for those employees who need to be present at the Company’s sites."

William Lee, chief executive of Renishaw, said: “We all send our best wishes to our colleague for a speedy recovery. As a large, socially responsible employer, we have been closely following UK Government advice and working for many weeks to mitigate against the risk of workplace infection.”