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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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