Coronavirus outbreak closes German meat-packing plant

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Days after Germany readied to ease coronavirus restrictions, three districts saw outbreaks that will delay reopening. After COVID-19 infections at slaughterhouses, two states will test all meat-processing workers.

Following a COVID-19 outbreak at a meat processing plant in the town of Coesfeld, near the western German city of M√ľnster, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has become the first to activate an “emergency mechanism” and delay the loosening of lockdown restrictions in the administrative district of Coesfeld until May 18.

As Germany draws down social distancing restrictions, and slowly reopens schools and businesses, the emergency mechanism is designed to stop a COVID-19 outbreak locally before it spreads further by reintroducing restrictions on public life. In most parts of the country, the restrictions are expected to be lifted on May 11.

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