Tory councillor went for a walk through town after positive Covid test

Police said they had spoken to the councillor

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A Tory councillor has apologised after she went for a walk through a town after testing positive for coronavirus.

Swaffham town councillor Lindsay Beech was spoken to by police after she admitted to breaking her coronavirus isolation by walking around Swaffham town centre, the Eastern Daily Press reports.

Ms Beech said she thought she was allowed to take exercise even after a positive coronavirus test.

She said: "I apologise profusely to the people of Swaffham for potentially exposing them to the coronavirus. This happened as a result of me misinterpreting the government's advice on what can and can't be done whilst self-isolating.

"I mistakenly thought that I must not leave my house except to exercise once a day.

"Unfortunately, I was incorrect and must not leave the house under any circumstances whilst in self-isolation.

"Hopefully, by keeping well away from others, not touching anything and staying outside whilst taking exercise, the risk to the general public was mitigated.

"Again, my sincere apologies for any distress my actions may have caused to others.”

People who test positive for Covid – or anyone who has symptoms of the virus – must stay home.

A spokesperson from Norfolk Police said officers "are aware of the incident" and "suitable words of advice have been given to the individual involved".

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