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German labor minister demands compensation from meat company after 1,300 Covid-19 cases at processing plant
Maximilian Tönnies, Andres Ruff, Clemens Tönnies
Maximilian Tönnies, Andres Ruff, Clemens Tönnies Credit: Tönnies

The German federal minister of labor and social affairs Hubertus Heil has demanded that the meat processing company Tönnies should be held liable and forced to compensation payments due to the Covid-19 outbreak in its meat processing plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Over 1,300 people have tested positive and all of the 6,500 workers are under mandatory quarantine. Due to problems with the documentation inside the company and the number of cases, schools and daycare centers in the region have been closed. Heil stated that "There must be a civil liability of the company" and accused the company of taking "an entire region hostage".