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The meatpacking factory is the latest Covid-19 hotbeds



The meatpacking factory is the latest Covid-19 hotbeds

Local Aldi and Lidl shops are being avoided by local residents because of their proximity to the 2 Sisters poultry processing plant which was forced to close after a coronavirus outbreak. Two hundred workers have since tested positive for Covid-19.

Concerns felt by those who know workers in the factory are common. Some told CNN that no one stayed home when they felt sick in the early days of the outbreak, because they would only receive sick salary according to the law which was worth around 20% of their salary. 2 Sister denied that their sick wage policy had anything to do with the plague.

This outbreak occurred in one of the many factories that have witnessed a serious outbreak of Covid-19 around the world in recent months. In Cleckheaton, northern England, 165 workers tested positive for Covid-19 at the Kober meat factory. And in Germany, the authorities forced to quarantine 360,000 people this week after the plague at a meat factory in Guetersloh in the western state of North-Westphalia. In the United States, dozens of food processing facilities have to do it delay the operation for the disease earlier this year.

There have been so many outbreaks in meat packing factories around the world that scientists are now examining whether the environment inside the plant can be part of the problem.

“We can all speculate, but I think there are three things that emerge: these people work very, very closely together, cold there and humid,” Dr. Thomas Kamradt, an immunologist and professor at the University Hospital at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

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Cold and wet environment

Some scientists have suggested that a cold and humid environment in plants can help spread the virus. “The bodies of these animals must be sprayed with water all the time, so you have aerosols, and it’s cold … that’s something that definitely deserves to be thoroughly investigated,” Kamradt said.

Without fresh air and direct sunlightThe corona virus can last for hours, or even days, scientists say. Studies have shown the virus can last for up to three days on the surface of plastic and stainless steel, a common material in food processing plants. In the form of aerosols, they can last and are contagious for hours.

Rowland Kao, a professor of veterinary epidemiology and data science at the University of Edinburgh, also showed that experiments have shown that low temperatures produce higher levels of transmission of influenza and increase the survival of other corona viruses such as MERS. “Although this is not proven for Covid-19, a similar mechanism might apply,” he told the Science Media Center.

Important workers are packed at close range

Most experts say that social grouping and wearing masks are by far the most effective way to avoid spreading the virus. But keeping a distance is not always possible in factory settings.

James Wood, a professor at Cambridge Infectious Diseases, a research center at Cambridge University, said the epidemic in a food processing factory may be caused by a combination of factors “that can make them deadly.”

“People have to stand close to each other and shout to make themselves heard … You have people who work long hours with each other, all of which increases the risk of infection,” he said.

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Shouting, singing and speaking out loud are expected to release more virus-laden droplets into the air. Most important, people can spread the virus unknowingly, without feeling sick.

Factory floors filled with workers who stand shoulder to shoulder are not unique to the food processing industry. What’s unique is it’s not like that car assembly line and aircraft factory, this factory remains open for business, even when social distance is not possible. They play an important role in food supply and closing many of them at the same time will cause food shortages and force farmers to put their animals to sleep. In the US, President Donald Trump even issued Executive orders force the meat factory open.

Vulnerable community

Outbreaks of meat plants have affected vulnerable communities, including migrants. Jobs in food processing factories are notoriously difficult and are among the lowest paid, which often makes it difficult for employers to find local staff.

“They are not very popular places to work, so often you end up with migrants or foreign workers who live in large communities around the factory and so you have the potential for transmission that occurs outside the factory or in the factory itself,” Wood said.

Germany has imposed new lockouts after a coronavirus outbreak in a meat factory

Most workers in this industry are often born abroad and come from a number of countries. More than two-thirds of the 75,000 workers employed in meat processing in Britain are migrant workers from elsewhere in Europe, according to the British Meat Processing Association. In the US, immigrants produce nearly 30% of all meat packing factory workers. In Germany, about a third.

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Paddy McNaught, regional official for the Unite trade union in Wales, said workers in this industry often did not receive sick wages, another factor that could cause an outbreak. “So when you are in a situation like this, when you are paid low, you have little reserve income, you are more likely to take risks and go to work when you have temperature, rather than taking a break and isolating for 14 days,” he said. The industry must ensure that workers have sufficient protection to be able to take time off without suffering financially, he added.

Anna Stewart reports from Llangefni, Ivana Kottasova and Aleesha Khaliq writing from London and Derby, England.

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A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia



A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced this Sunday a minute of silence at the competitions it organizes, namely the Portuguese Cup, in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Indonesia.

“The Directorate of the Portuguese Football Federation announces a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred at the football stadium in Indonesia. The official website of the organization.

In the same note, FPF President Fernando Gomes says that “with great surprise and a feeling of deep pain, but also indignation” he learned “of the tragic scale of the events that have taken place in the stadium. in Indonesia”.

“It is with great sadness that I deplore the dramatic consequences of this tragedy, which resulted in the death of more than 170 fans, including many children. A football stadium should be a stage for celebration and joy, not for violence and death,” he said. concluded.

A moment of silence will be observed at the competitions organized by the FPF, namely the Portuguese Cup, the second stage of which will take place this weekend.

Indonesian authorities said 174 people were killed in unrest at the end of a football match in East Java, but acknowledged that the number could rise as many of them were critically injured.

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The tragedy, one of the worst in the history of football, occurred on Saturday evening when about 3,000 fans took to the field after Arema’s home team lost 3-2 to rivals Persebay Surabaya.

Police fired tear gas to try to contain the angry supporters, but their actions caused panic and thousands of people rushed to the exit.

Many people were trampled to death in the chaos of the stampede. At least two police officers were killed in the unrest that spread outside the stadium.

The Indonesian league was suspended and the authorities ordered an investigation into the incidents.

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New serious injury of the player of the national team of Portugal



Extremo português oferecido ao Manchester United Lesão Pedro Neto

An injury forces Pedro Neto to be substituted in the Wolves game.

Bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pedro Neto. The Portuguese received a new injury, and, according to Bruno Lage, it could be serious.

Away to West Ham, where the Portuguese lost 2-0, Pedro Neto was replaced in the 24th minute by Adama Traore, and after the match, the Wolves coach said that the injury could be “ugly”.

Wolves are now in the Premier League relegation zone, and Pedro Neto may be left with no hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

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The expedition will explore “an area still little known”: the Portuguese Sea.



The expedition will explore "an area still little known": the Portuguese Sea.

The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

On board will be 50 researchers from institutions such as the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Hydrographic Institute or the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). During this time, scientists will embark on what they consider to be an “essential” process of “investigating the region’s natural values” that will allow for a “global assessment of the marine biodiversity” that exists in that region of the ocean.

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