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Coronavirus: Germany outbreak sparks fresh regional lockdown

Coronavirus: Germany outbreak sparks fresh regional lockdown
Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities have sent supplies to the quarantined workers of the Tönnies meatpacking plant German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have reimposed lockdown restrictions in two districts after a spike in cases.One area is home to a meatpacking plant where more than 1,500 workers have tested positive.State premier Armin…

Authorities hand out food supplies to quarantined employees of the Tönnies meatpacking plant

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Authorities have sent out materials to the quarantined employees of the Tönnies meatpacking plant.

State premier Armin Laschet stated the “preventative steps” in Gütersloh district, where about 360,000 individuals live, would last till 30 June.

The state’s health minister, Karl-Josef Laumann, announced the 2nd lockdown just hours after the first, saying additional measures were required “in order to safeguard the population”.

It is the very first time lockdowns have been reintroduced in Germany given that the country started raising nationwide limitations in May.

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Police were sent out to guard residential buildings for the plant’s staff members.

There is likewise a compulsory quarantine in location for all employees of the affected plant.

Mr Laschet said it was crucial that the workers in quarantine were dealt with humanely.

Bulgarian, Polish and Romanian consular personnel have all went to the area and translators are on hand to speak to foreign workers at the plant.

Regional authorities in Germany have the power to implement various procedures in their locations.

Currently the recreation rate, or R-number – which shows how lots of people one infected individual will on average pass the virus on to – in Germany is approximated at 2.

The R number must be below one for infection rates to fall however authorities have worried that break outs pressing up R stay localised.

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