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German officials furious after meatpacker behind Covid-19 outbreak that placed 600,000 people on lockdown requests salary refund
A German meat processing factory at the center of a local Covid-19 outbreak that put two neighboring districts on quarantine has requested government support. The move angered German officials, including the agriculture minister.
“I don’t have much sympathy with this,” Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, commenting on a request by the Toennies meat factory in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Companies in Germany are entitled to “labor cost refunds” if they were forced to go on lockdown by the health authorities but still had to pay their employees.