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Workers at Marfrig beef plant test positive for coronavirus

26 May 2020

Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig said 25 employees at its unit in Várzea Grande, Brazil tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement sent to Reuters, the company said it removed the infected workers from the production line. Marfrig also isolated individuals who had come in contact with COVID-19-positive workers to avoid further contamination.

Though the workers are in isolation, the plant remains open.

Marfrig, which owns National Beef in the United States, confirmed at least one employee at the Várzea Grande unit died from COVID-19.

The deceased person, a woman, worked in the de-boning area and had been on vacation since 4 May, Marfrig said.

The company also noted a second employee who had worked at the plant died from a respiratory disease.

Marfrig said based on the available medical information, it was not possible to determine whether COVID-19 was that employee's cause of death.

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