Schools and kindergartens appeared empty in Rheda-Wiedenbruck on Thursday as they were quarantined following the discovering of a new coronavirus cluster, originating at the 'Toennies' meat factory.
Only a few mothers with children protected with masks were seen entering a facility, as schools, kindergartens and day-care centres are to remain closed until the North Rhine-Westphalia summer holidays. Each federal state sets its own summer holidays.
On Wednesday evening, it emerged that at least 650 'Toennies' employees were infected, after over 1,000 workers were tested. More tests are to be carried out, and it is expected that further cases will be confirmed, according to local politician Sven-Georg Adenauer.