Virus hotspot fears close Netherlands meat plant

Amsterdam, May 29 (AP) Dutch authorities have closed a third meatpacking plant in a week for fear it would be source of coronavirus transmission.

The Van Rooi plant in the southern Netherlands was closed on health grounds after 16% of a sample of 130 workers tested positive.

"The test results show that there is a risk that the company can become a hotspot to spread the coronavirus within a short timespan," the regional security authority said in a statement.

The plant will be closed until at least June 2. Over 30,000 people work in the Dutch meatpacking and slaughterhouse industry. (AP) AMS AMS

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