Long queues formed outside a coronavirus testing facility in Guetersloh on Tuesday, after the district in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalian went on lockdown due to a major coronavirus outbreak at the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck.
All citizens of Guetersloh and Warenorf districts will be given the opportunity to have a test carried out free of charge. About 100 people could be tested per hour and the results should be available 24 hours later via an app.
Between 400 and 600 symptomless people were expected to be tested on Tuesday, according to Hendrik Oen, a doctor who's helping to organise the tests.
«We will also be setting up a hotline in the next few days to help with the registration,» Oen told Ruptly.
The districts of Guetersloh and Warenorf are under lockdown until June 30, the NRW Minister President Armin Laschet announced in a press conference on Tuesday, as over 1,500 people tested positive for COVID-19 in a coronavirus outbreak at the Toennies slaughterhouse. The meat plant operated by the Toennies Group has been closed since the outbreak was discovered on June 17, while the entire workforce has been quarantined.