Posted on May 25, 2020
There have been several clusters of COVID-19 reported among slaughterhouse workers in Germany in recent weeks, prompting the government to pledge a crack down on conditions in the industry.
Many workers in German abattoirs are migrants from Eastern Europe employed by subcontractors. They often live in shared housing and are shuttled to and from the slaughterhouses by bus, increasing the likelihood of infection.
On Monday Dutch regional health authorities said tests showed 147 of 657 employees at a meat processing plant across the border in the Netherlands were positive for COVID-19.
They said 79 of those infected live in Germany, while 68 are residents of the Netherlands.
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