Tesco staff terrified after beloved manager dies from Covid and 50 workers off

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The death of a beloved Tesco manager by coronavirus has left her former colleagues "petrified" of catching the disease at work.

The unnamed 'Tesco Stretford mum's' death has sent shockwaves across the supermarket in Greater Manchester as around 50 grieving workers have gone home ill or isolating, The Sun reports.

Everyone else at the Stretford shop has been told they must test negative for Covid-19 before returning to work.

"I personally knew this colleague who died, and she was a very lovely and selfless lady," a staff member said.

"The whole of Tesco Stretford is still in shock and it’s still very raw for us. It’s a very sad time for us all."

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Another former colleague of hers said: "She was an amazing lady and did so much for charity as well as the store.

"She was 1000% dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of staff and customers and went above and beyond during this whole pandemic.

"She will be missed by everyone and it was an absolute pleasure to know and work with her."

Having seen their manager die from the disease, fear has set in for some at the supermarket who do not have the option of staying at home for their own safety.

A worker at Tesco Stretford said: "We are all out here working with our own families at home- like many others are.

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"We are all petrified. Especially when this hits so close to home.

"Customers come in and tut at us or complain to us for being in the way when we are simply trying to help and provide supplies for everyone safely and efficiently.

"It’s such a surreal time and a lot of us are struggling."

Another staff member told The Sun: “It’s very tense in there and people are on edge.

“The person who died is a female manager so she came into contact with a lot of people.

“We have to go to the town hall to get a Covid test before we are allowed to work.

“People are frustrated at it all and that our work times have not changed. It’s not good.”

Tesco has been approached for comment.

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