TWO workers at the Greenock Tesco store have tragically died after contracting coronavirus.

The deaths follow a number of Covid-19 cases being reported at the Dalrymple Street store.

Staff are said to have been left devastated after the man and woman both became seriously ill and passed away within a few days of each other.

The Telegraph understands the woman worked in the store's bakery department.

We reported last week how a number of employees at the store, and the Tesco Extra in Port Glasgow, were self-isolating after positive tests.

The company has stated that it will not comment on individual cases.

Bosses have also not disclosed how many Covid-19 cases there are, but have stressed that the safety of colleagues and customers is a priority.

Management say they are following all the relevant public health procedures such as track and trace and that 'extensive measures' are in place in their stores to protect shoppers.

The Tele first reported on Hogmanay that a number of employees from the Greenock and Port Glasgow stores were off work and self-isolating due to the virus.

One concerned insider said a 'significant number' of staff at the Port store were isolating at home following the news that several members of staff had tested positive.

A separate source reported that a staff member in the Greenock store had tested positive for the virus.

They also raised concerns about a lack of mask-wearing and claimed that social distancing guidelines were not being properly adhered to.

The whistleblower added: "I know that several complaints have been made.

"This is exactly how it can spread."

In response at the time Tesco said: "The safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers remains our number one priority and we are following all government guidance and working with local public health authorities.

"We have extensive measures across all of our stores to help keep everyone safe, including protective screens at every checkout, social distancing signage and regular cleaning."