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Coronavirus Outbreaks Rip Through European Slaughterhouses

  • Cases have recently climbed at Irish, German processing plants
  • Up-tick comes as plants in the U.S. have become virus hotspots
Employees enter a Westfleisch meat processing plant in Hamm, Germany on May 11.

Employees enter a Westfleisch meat processing plant in Hamm, Germany on May 11.

Photographer: Marcel Kusch/picture alliance via Getty Images
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More than 1,000 workers at European slaughterhouses have contracted Covid-19, highlighting the growing challenges the global meat industry faces from the pandemic.

In Ireland, 556 workers in 10 meat-processing facilities tested positive as of last week, the nation’s health department said. The Robert Koch Institute, which publishes daily Covid-19 reports in Germany, said there have been outbreaks at plants in three districts. At least two have been shuttered.