A coronavirus outbreak has hit an Amazon distribution centre which has 700 workers.

The distribution centre is currently under construction in Nottinghamshire County and 700 workers are said to involved daily in the building work.

Nottinghamshire County Council have revealed that at least 17 workers from the site in Sutton-in-Ashfield have tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 virus.

The local authority is said to be monitoring the “developing situation” at the 550,000 sq ft work site.

Nottinghamshire Live received a tip off about the positive cases on Thursday evening before local councillors confirmed the news on Friday afternoon.

The construction site is to be the locations of an Amazon delivery centre

Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health at the council, told our sister site: "We can confirm that there have been at least 17 positive cases of Covid-19 linked to the Summit Park development at Sutton-in-Ashfield.

"Early intelligence suggests that the individuals who have tested positive are working at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre construction site.

"This is a developing situation and we will work with the site operators to manage the situation.

"The safety of workers at the site and of our residents is our priority. We are working closely the main contractors and site operators and also with environmental health colleagues at Ashfield District Council who have been present at the site to help manage the situation.

A spokesperson for Amazon has released a statement in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak

"Containing the outbreak will require that everyone follows all of the guidance in full whether at work, travelling to and from work, at home and when socialising.

"This means adhering to social distancing, frequent hand washing, not meeting indoors with more than one household, and following all the guidance to make car sharing safe.

"Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should immediately self-isolate and get tested and then follow the advice when the results are given."

Ashfield District Council is said to be monitoring the cases and doing all it can to support public health officials in the area.

Jason Zadrozny, leader of the council, told Nottinghamshire Live: "Following the confirmation of Covid-19 cases at the Summit Park site Sutton, Ashfield District Council are working closely with Director of Public health for Nottinghamshire and all parties involved to ensure that the spread of the virus is contained.

"This is a developing situation, and our Environmental Health Team have visited the site this morning and are working with the contractors on site and the Health & Safety Executive to ensure that all protocols are being strictly followed.

"There are 700 contractors on site daily, and although the Summit Park site is important for the local economy, it is important that government guidance is strictly followed to stop further cases.

"Ashfield District Council will continue to work closely with Public Health and the contractors to maintain the safety of workers on the site."

While the construction site has not yet been officially handed to Amazon as it is still under construction, a spokeperson has released a statement about the Covid-19 outbreak.

They said: "Our Sutton-in-Ashfield site is currently under construction and has not been handed over to Amazon yet.

"We are in close contact with the building contractors who have informed us of a number of confirmed cases on site and the measures they have put in place to ensure the safety of their employees."