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Some 400 workers test positive for coronavirus in German slaughterhouse

Christian Fernsby |
Some 400 out of 500 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse of the Toennies Group in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) since the beginning of this week and the results of another 400 tests are pending, German media ARD reported.

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The slaughterhouse, located in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbrueck in the district of Guetersloh, has been ordered to be temporarily closed, district administrator Sven-Georg Adenauer said afternoon at a joint press conference with the company.

Schools and daycare centers in Guetersloh will be closed from Thursday until June 29, the district also announced.

Slaughterhouses have become hotspots for COVID-19 infections.

In early May, an outbreak of more than 200 cases was seen at a Westfleisch meat-processing plant, also located in NRW.

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