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Large increase in the number of infected at Danish slaughterhouse

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The number of infected employees at Danish Crown’s slaughterhouse in Ringsted increases from three to 16.

Danish Crown has discovered coronavirus in several employees at its slaughterhouse in Ringsted.

On Tuesday, the company said three employees at the slaughterhouse had been tested positive for the virus.

Today, Danish Crown states in a press release that there are now 16 infected.

Therefore, the slaughterhouse group has agreed with the authorities that a mobile test center will be set up at the slaughterhouse in Ringsted.

– We are in a serious situation where we have full focus on breaking the chains of infection.

– That is why we are very pleased that the authorities are now stepping in and setting up a mobile test center at the slaughterhouse, says Per Laursen, production director at Danish Crown, in a press release .

He adds that when and how much to test will be controlled by the authorities to ensure that the effort is as effective as possible at all.

On Sunday, Danish Crown was informed that an employee was infected with coronavirus.

Since then, they were informed on Monday and Tuesday that two others were also infected.

Due to the then three cases of infection, Danish Crown chose on Tuesday to close an entire ward with 80 people attached.

The 80 people were also sent home to be tested for the virus.

Must be tested twice

Today, Danish Crown has made a decision that the 80 people are all considered contact persons for the infected.

Therefore, they must be tested in two rounds and have two negative tests before they can return to work.

– We are all affected by the situation, but even though there is naturally insecurity among the employees, everyone does what they can to back up and follow the instructions they receive.

– I have great respect for that, and it gives me a belief that together we can get the situation under control, says Per Laursen.

The slaughterhouse in Ringsted has been running at half power since Monday, and this is how production will continue until further notice.

Compensation is provided through several slaughters at Danish Crown’s other slaughterhouses.

The slaughterhouse in Ringsted slaughters approximately 35,000 pigs per week.

Source: dr.dk

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