Danish abattoir closed over COVID-19 cluster

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Meat giant Danish Crown has closed a large slaughterhouse in Denmark after nearly 150 employees tested positive for coronavirus.

The abattoir in Ringsted, about 50km from the capital Copenhagen, employs nearly 900 people and slaughters tens of thousands of pigs every week.

Danish Crown said 120 employees tested positive for the virus in a first round of tests of 600 employees present. It then retested all the negative cases and detected 22 additional infections.

“For this reason, we are closing the abattoir for at least a week to try to break the chain of transmission among employees on site,” Danish Crown said in a statement.

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