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Brazil court orders JBS pork plant to shut over COVID-19

A Brazilian judge has suspended activities for 14 days at a pork processing plant owned by meat packing giant JBS SA in Rio Grande do Sul.

8 June 2020, at 9:44am

According to Reuters, a copy of the court decision seen on Friday 5 June stipulates that employees in high-risk groups will be removed immediately and doctors will be given access to medical records at the plant.

The judge also requested that JBS test the workers using procedures established by the Health Ministry.

JBS said it would not comment on any ongoing legal cases and reiterated its priority is to protect the health of its workers following guidelines issued by health authorities and specialists.

According to the lawsuit by prosecutors calling for the plant to be shut down, which was seen by Reuters on Wednesday, 21 of the plant's 1,700 employees had contracted the novel coronavirus and two were hospitalised. In the state of Rio Grande do Sul alone, there were 3,201 cases among all meat plant workers, prosecutors said.

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