Danish meat company Danish Crown announced the closure of its large slaughterhouse in Ringsted this Saturday after checking almost 150 positive coronavirus positives among its employees.
The Ringsted slaughterhouse, about 50 kilometers from the capital Copenhagen, employs almost 900 people and slaughters tens of thousands of pigs every week.
According to the company, around 120 employees tested positive for the virus in a first round of tests on 600 employees. In a second review of the initially negative cases, another 22 additional infections were found.
“For this reason, we decided to close the slaughterhouse for at least a week to try to break the chain of transmission between the local staff,” said Danish Crown in a statement. His case joins other sources of infection in slaughterhouses in Europe, such as Toennies in Germany, of which more than 1,500 were affected.
The company, the largest producer of pork products in Europe, has announced that the slaughterhouse’s 900 employees will be quarantined in an attempt to contain the coronavirus focus in Denmark, which has already confirmed 14,700 infections and 617 deaths.