DVLA managers 'failed to understand severity' of deadly Covid outbreak

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Health board briefing details multiple safety failures as MP blasts Swansea agency for putting people at risk

The government agency responsible for the country’s largest workplace outbreak initially failed to grasp the seriousness of the situation as the virus spread through its offices, with public health officials identifying a litany of inadequacies and failings.

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A damning briefing by Swansea Bay University Health Board, compiled last week and seen by the Observer, shows officials were forced to serve a formal health protection notice requiring the DLVA to cooperate with the incident-control team as infections started to rise in the agency’s Swansea offices in October. It also emerged last week that one DVLA worker, who tested positive for Covid, had died.

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