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Ieper loom producer Picanol puts 50 members of staff into quarantine after coronavirus outbreak

The loom producer Picanol has put 50 members of staff at its factory in Ieper, West Flanders into quarantine after an outbreak of coronavirus infections at the plant. The 50 assembly line workers have been sent home after one of their colleagues tested positive for the virus at the weekend. The infected worker became infected outside of work but had been in close proximity to four of his colleagues, one of whom has since also tested positive for the virus.

 

 

As a precautionary measure Picanol has sent home all 50 staff that work on its assembly line and told them to quarantine. Picanol’s Frederic Dryhoel told VRT News that “Our primary concern is the health of our people. After the positive tests we decided straight away that all the people that work on the production line should be sent home as a precautionary measure”.

The temporary closure of the assembly line will impact production at the factory. “It is currently unclear when we will be able to catch up and how we can best do this. However, most of the factory is still operational”, Mr Dryhoel said.

Around 1,500 work at Picanol. As well as the assembly line the Ieper factory also has a foundry and an electronics department.

 

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