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Beef plant in Westmeath to close temporarily after confirmed cases of Covid-19

Dawn Meats plant in Kilbeggan said the decision had been taken “out of an abundance of caution” after four confirmed cases of coronavirus were found.

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Less than 2% of the workforce have been affected (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Less than 2% of the workforce have been affected (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Less than 2% of the workforce have been affected (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Dawn Meats has temporarily closed one of its plants following an outbreak of Covid-19.

Four cases of the disease have been confirmed at the meat processor’s facility in Kilbeggan in Co Westmeath.

In a statement, the food company said when it became aware of four confirmed cases of Covid-19 among workers in Kilbeggan, it was decided to defer production in the plant.

“We have implemented a detailed series of measures to manage risks associated with Covid-19, and to maintain social distancing in our facilities in line with procedures recommended by the HSE (Health Service Executive) and other Government agencies,” the statement read.

The cases reflect less than 2% of staff at the plant – however, the decision was taken out of an abundance of caution whilst we review the situationDawn Meats

“When we became aware of four confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst workers in Kilbeggan, we decided to defer production in the plant yesterday.

“The cases reflect less than 2% of staff at the plant – however, the decision was taken out of an abundance of caution whilst we review the situation.

“No production was scheduled today or over the bank holiday weekend, and no decision has yet been taken with regards to deferring any scheduled activity next week.

“The decision will have no impact on our ability to supply customers or receive cattle from farmers throughout our network of plants in the country.”

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