A county in Germany’s most populous state has been placed back into lockdown after a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse.
More than 1,500 people from the Toennies plant in the Guetersloh county tested positive for COVID-19.
The abattoir previously said it had stopped slaughtering on Wednesday and was shutting down in stages.
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Armin Laschet, the governor of the North Rhine-Westphalia region, which contains Cologne and Dusseldorf, said that residents in Guetersloh county should only have contact with their own household, or one person from outside.
Mr Laschet added that cinemas, bars and gyms would also close in an effort to contain the outbreak, but that restaurants could continue to serve people from the same household.
The localised lockdown comes after the country’s R number rocketed to 2.88, meaning the virus is thought to be spreading exponentially.
Source : Sky News