More than 1,000 workers at German meat processing company Tönnies tested positive for Covid-19, local officials said on Saturday. A total of nearly 7,000 employees were quarantined for testing, including more than 3,100 who have already been tested.
The slaughterhouse, located in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, in North Rhine-Westphalia, is one of the largest in the country. It is the leader in its sector for the processing of pork.
The business has become a major focus for Covid-19. Soldiers were even dispatched there to assist in the search for people who came into contact with the sick, as well as the processing of test results.
Last month, Tönnies had already experienced an outbreak of contamination, albeit a smaller one. All of the infected had been quarantined.
The company was then criticized for the working conditions it imposes on its employees, mostly migrant workers from Bulgaria and Romania and forced to live together in small spaces.