France hit by new Covid-19 epidemics in two slaughterhouses

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                Une centaine de personnes auraient été infectées par le coronavirus lors d'épidémies récemment découvertes dans deux abattoirs français.
            

Un abattoir se trouve dans la région centrale du Val de Loire, près de la ville d'Orléans. L'autre se trouve dans la région nord-ouest de la Bretagne.

Regional health officials said that 63 of the 209 workers at the Breton slaughterhouse have so far tested positive for the virus.

Officials at the Fleury-les-Aubrais slaughterhouse near Orleans said they had detected a “cluster” of 34 cases among the 400 workers. 40 others were tested on Sunday and others on Tuesday.

“According to the company’s human resources department, there were masks, gels, temperature readings at the entrance to the slaughterhouse and it seems that the protocol was respected,” explained the regional prefect. Pierre Pouessël.

But plant staff said that despite the protective gear, the rules of social distancing were difficult to follow. ” It’s before all [been a problem] in the locker room. There is not much space, “said an unidentified worker.

Residents at the local market are concerned about the outbreak in a food production plant. “It makes you want to not buy meat because you’re wondering if the meat is contaminated. It’s scary, “said a resident of Fleury-les-Aubrais.

All slaughterhouse personnel will be tested for coronavirus in the coming days, and the plant will remain closed until at least May 25.

The overall situation in France, however, with a continuing decline in hospital deaths and admissions for the virus, was better news.

Four regions in the north and east of the country – including the Paris region – account for 74% of the number of people treated in hospital.

Since the arrival of the virus in France, 98,569 people have been hospitalized, of whom 17,500 have had to be treated in intensive care and 28,000 have died. Over 61,000 people recovered and were able to return home.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

            

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