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An additional 18 employees are infected at the slaughterhouse in Ringsted.

a Further 18 staff are infected with the coronavirus in Danish Crown's slaughterhouse in Ringsted, informs the group. There are a total of 62 infected.

so far about 600 of the 900 employees have been tested.

- Although it is a high number with 18 new infections, is it is a step in the right direction, that there are so many negative tests, after we have been tested the majority of the employees.

- We are keeping our fingers crossed that it is a sign that we are on track to get the outbreak under control, says press officer Jens Hansen.

He adds that it has been prioritised to test the employees, who have been close to infected, first.

The approximately 300 employees who have not yet been tested, will be Monday, unless they are on summer vacation.

the Vast majority of the group has not been close to infected colleagues.

the Danish Crown was on Sunday informed that an employee was infected with the coronavirus.

Tuesday was the announcement that three employees had been tested positive. The figure rose on Wednesday to 16.

Thursday was the number of infected doubled, with a further 16 to 32.

Friday was the total number of 44, and Saturday is thus increased to a total of 62 infected.

The Danish health authorities have set up a testing centre at the slaughterhouse. All employees will, on a weekly basis to be tested for the next seven weeks.

the Slaughterhouse in Ringsted butcher usually about 35,000 pigs per week. Danish Crown has had to screw the production down at half the power.

- We've been running on half power since Tuesday. It is regrettable that, it gives us challenges to advance slaughterings to other slaughterhouses, but our focus first and foremost on our employees 'health, and that we may have contained the outbreak," said Jens Hansen earlier this week.

On the group's website stresses the Danish Crown, to the disease covid-19 can not be transmitted through food.

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