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Plans For Meat Factory Workers To undergo Weekly Covid-19 Testing

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

8:20 AM - 11 Aug 2020



The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will meet later to discuss the recent spike in cases and outbreaks at meat processing plants.

It follows a warning from the National Public Health Emergency Team that a "significant" number of cases could be reported over the next week.

57 more have been confirmed, but no further deaths, while Ireland's incidence of cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks is now higher than in the UK.

Meanwhile, there are plans for 15,000 workers in meat processing plants to undergo weekly Covid 19 testing.

The Irish Independent reports the government's proposals would see all employees tested every week for four weeks.

It follows concern over outbreaks in meat factories - with Carroll's Cuisine in Tullamore the latest to suspend operations after a number of workers tested positive.

The new testing system would initially focus on larger plants with more than 50 workers.

 



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