May 21, 2020


Two slaughterhouses in France hit by coronavirus


Two COVID-19 outbreaks in France were reported to have had emanated from two slaughterhouses in France-one in Fleury-les-Aubrais in the central Val de Loire region near the city of Orléans and the other in the northwestern region of Brittany, Agence France-Presse reported via France 24.


The outbreaks have affected local sales of meat as people feared slaughtered animals coming from the affected abattoirs might be contaminated.


"It makes you not want to buy meat because you wonder if the meat is contaminated. It's scary," a resident of Fleury-les-Aubrais was quoted by France 24 as saying.


A "cluster" of 34 cases among the 400 workers in the Fleury-les-Aubrais slaughterhouse were initially detected.


According to the report, all of the abattoir's staff were to be tested for the coronavirus and the plant would stay closed until May 25, at least.


At the slaughterhouse in Breton in Brittany, 63 of the 209 workers were reported to have tested positive for the virus.


France has had 98,569 people hit by COVID-19, of whom 28,000 have died as of Monday, May 18. More than 61,000 have recovered, according to the report.