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Labour inspectors close JBS unit in southern Brazil over COVID 19

Labor inspectors with the Brazilian economy ministry ordered the closing of a JBS SAchicken processing unit in southern Brazil on Friday afternoon, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases on site, a spokesman for the labor prosecutor's office in Rio Grande do Sul state told Reuters by telephone on Friday.

27 April 2020, at 1:32pm

The plant, located in Passo Fundo, had 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the spokesman. The company did not confirm that tally or provided any other details as to the number of persons infected. However, an anonymous source at the chicken plant said the number is 12, reported Reuters.

The company declined to discuss the number of people infected at that facility, which Brazil's UOL website had pegged at 19.

The plant in the town of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul state, employs around 2,600 people, JBS said in a statement.