Virus shuts UK meat and chicken plants

UK authorities have shut down a meat processing plant and a chicken factory following similar closures in Germany and France in response to new coronavirus outbreaks, SIA informs.

Production at the chicken processing plant in Wales was halted on Thursday and the staff told to self-isolate for two weeks after testing detected 58 new cases. A meat processing plant voluntarily closed near the northern English city of Leeds in response to an outbreak that was revealed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday.

The Asda meat plant did not disclose how many infections were detected or when production was suspended. "As a precautionary measure we have voluntarily closed the site to protect colleagues and prevent any further transmission," it said in a statement. Britain's officials virus death toll of 42,288 is Europe's highest and third globally behind the United States and Brazil.

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