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Germany imposes fresh lockdown after coronavirus outbreak at meat factory

June 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

GUETERSLOH, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Two men chat with a security guard outside apartment buildings fenced off and under quarantine that house mostly Romanian employees of the nearby Toennies meat packing plant in the town of Verl following a Covid-19 outbreak at the Toennies plant on June 22, 2020 near Guetersloh, Germany. Over 1,300 employees of the plant have been confirmed to be infected and authorities are racing to stem a further spread of the virus. The Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, has stepped in to help test people at the approximately hundreds of buildings where Toennies employees, many of whom come from Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, live throughout the Guetersloh region. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany placed more than 360,000 people in the western state of North-Rhine Westphalia back into lockdown on Tuesday, after a coronavirus outbreak at a meat processing factory.

(CNN)The German state of North-Rhine Westphalia has imposed a new lockdown in the area around a meat processing factory hit by a coronavirus outbreak.

The state's Prime Minister Armin Laschet announced that the entire district of Guetersloh -- home to more than 360,000 people -- would be locked down for the next seven days.

Laschet said the new measures were necessary because 1,553 workers at the Toennies meat processing factory have tested positive for the virus in recent days.

In the seven days to Monday, the entire state reported 1,860 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

That statistic suggests that while the outbreak has been severe, it has so far been largely confined to the factory and its workers.

Laschet said Tuesday that only 24 coronavirus cases have been identified outside the factory so far.

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