Corona outbreak in Tönnies: health is set for profits of the meat barons in the game

North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) warns, in view of the Coronavirus outbreak in a meat factory in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany, to be v

Corona outbreak in Tönnies: health is set for profits of the meat barons in the game

North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) warns, in view of the Coronavirus outbreak in a meat factory in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany, to be vigilant. The example shows "how fast" a Virus spread, "if clearances are not adhered to, if accommodations are fine, and it warns us always again a second Time, look at that", said Laschet on Wednesday after the end of the Prime Ministers ' conference in Berlin.

With the measures taken, the loosening of corona-related measures of the case have nothing to do, "because in the entire time of the shutdown, when everything was closed, of course, the food industry – the meat industry – has worked".

In the case of a large-scale Corona-Range tests by the health authorities after an outbreak in a meat factory in the district of Coesfeld in may when Tönnies first of all, only a few cases have been found. "And now we have a few weeks later this large outbreak. That is to say: We must remain vigilant“, said Laschet.

On Wednesday, the sudden increase in infection numbers at the battle of grater Tönnies engine became known. The number of positive for the Coronavirus tested employee was on Wednesday night at about 660. Around 7000 people are the details of the circuit, according to the quarantine. The spread of the Virus to stem the closure of schools and daycare centers in the whole of the circle was.

Corona outbreaks in slaughterhouses made in the past few months, headlines and sparked a debate about the abuses in labour and accommodation conditions and the often from Eastern Europe to Deal with. The topic of the meat industry was a labour Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) have long been at the top of the Agenda. "We need new Standards. In particular, in the case of the accommodation must be conditions that prevent such a thing, and since the Federal government and the countries work closely together“, said Laschet.

The Tönnies group apologized for the massive outbreak. The company work closely with the crisis staff and the authorities, said the head of the Tönnies-corporate communications, André a lot of cities. In the case of the positively Tested, it was employees of different nationalities, as well as "directly or indirectly" employees who lived in different living situations. Company chief Clemens Tönnies himself stayed out of the press conference.

in view of the further Corona outbreak criticized politicians from the Greens and SPD, the conditions in the meat industry. "The health of the workers for the profits of the meat barons in the game," said Green party parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter. "Where are the cocky announced legal regulations for the better protection of the workers, better living conditions, better Hygiene, and more effective area-wide controls?"

The SPD parliamentary group Vice-Katja Mast, called it "a bad thing, that there is now a massive outbreak". "It's about hard-working people, often from poorer Parts of Europe, which are often housed in collective accommodation." It should not be that "local can be compromised easily by the pandemic herd in the meat industry".

Updated Date: 18 June 2020, 06:19

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