Germany: NRW COVID-19 hotspots to be tested, results expected Sunday

State Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia Karl Josef Laumann announced that residents will be offered coronavirus tests in a «huge density» in affected areas of NRW, on Wednesday in Duesseldorf's state parliament. The results are expected on Sunday following a huge outbreak at a meat factory in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck. The two areas which will be tested extensively are Warendorf and Guetersloh. Laumann criticised Toennies working conditions, and stated that «this system has nothing to do with human working values.» FDP representative Markus Diekhoff said the «system of organised irresponsibility, like Toennies, where through sub-sub-sub structures, responsibilities are so extensively dismantled that nobody is responsible anymore.» A large portion of the workers are hired from Eastern Europe and allegedly work and live in close contact with other employees. Green Party representative Norwich Ruesse further criticised the mismanagement of the crisis, «When I look at the crisis management of this state government, one thing is very clear they have not learned enough from Westfleisch.» Westfleich, a slaughterhouse competitor to Toennies, temporarily closed in May after 300 employees were infected. They are considering abolishing subcontracts by the end of the year, with the aim of directly employing workers, thus securing more rights for the employees, which can get lost through subcontracts. Ruesse urged the slaughterhouses to «ensure normal conditions» including maintaining «animal and workers rights.»

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