Over 600 New Covid-19 Cases Detected in Germany

Over 600 people at a slaughterhouse located in Rheda-Wiedenbruck, Germany have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Deutsche Welle.

    2020/06/18

NSFW    BERLIN — More than 600 people at a slaughterhouse located in Rheda-Wiedenbruck, Germany, have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Deutsche Welle. The slaughterhouse is run by the Tonnies Group, the leading meat processing company in Germany.

Local authorities have called for the plant to shut down and for the suspension of school and preschool activities in the area until June 29. Roughly 7,000 people in the region have been asked to quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.

The conditions inside slaughterhouse worker dormitories may have exacerbated the spread of the virus. The Guardian quotes a migrant worker as saying that up to five people would live in the same room and that a dorm they lived in had mice and cockroaches.

A large percentage of employees at meat processing facilities in Germany are not German. In fact, Deutsche Welle reports that according to trade unions, up to 80 percent of those employed in these factories are migrant workers.
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