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59 coronavirus cases confirmed in Romanian chicken slaughterhouse

Christian Fernsby |
An outbreak of coronavirus was declared at a chicken slaughterhouse in Vaslui County, eastern Romania, with 59 of the employees tested positive, local health authorities confirmed on Monday.

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Topics: ROMANIA   

The cases were detected from about 100 who were sampled, after three employees were confirmed with the novel coronavirus last week and it was decided to test all those who came in contact with them, according to Mihaela Vlada, executive director of the Directorate of Public Health (DSP) in Vaslui County.

The epidemiological investigation at this unit is currently underway, and a decision will be made on whether activities in the slaughterhouse should be halted, she added.

Employees tested positive worked in different departments, and most likely the virus has spread because employees commute by the same minibus.

"Most are asymptomatic. We organized the hospitalization of those who want to be hospitalized, otherwise they were isolated at home," Vlada told local media.

This is not the only outbreak of coronavirus in meat processing factories or slaughterhouses in the eastern European country. A major meat processing plant in the western county of Timis was suspended on Saturday after 93 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the past week.

In fact, mass infections of COVID-19 have been detected in meat plants in several European countries and experts believe that a large number of people working close together indoors in a cold environment is very conducive to the proliferation of viruses, which might be a contributory cause.

The COVID-19 epidemic has rebounded sharply in Romania since mid-June, with average daily new cases of 741, greatly surpassing the average of less than 200 cases per day in the first half of June.

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