Germany announces SECOND LOCKDOWN... Increase in cases linked to ABATTOIR

Fresh coronavorus lockdown measures have been announced in Germany after an increase in cases linked to an abattoir.

Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, said 100,000 people in Guetersloh county should only have contact with their own household or one person from outside.

More than 1,500 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck and thousands have been put under a quarantine to try to halt the outbreak.

The governor said people in Guetersloh and parts of a neighboring county will now face the same kind of restrictions that existed across Germany during the early stages of the pandemic in March and April.

These include limiting the number of people who can meet in public to those from a single household or two people from separate households, Laschet said.

Cinemas, fitness studios and bars will also be closed, although restaurants can continue to cater to people from the same household, he added. Previously, the western county had only closed schools and child care centers.

Germany was among the first to ease Covid-19 restrictions after faring better than many of its European neighbours as a result of an aggressive policy of mass testing.

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