Coronavirus: Germany Outbreak Sparks Fresh Local Lockdown\r\nGerman authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia are bringing back lockdown measures after a coronavirus outbreak linked to a meatpacking plant.\r\nMore than 1,500 employees of the T\u00f6nnies plant have tested positive.\r\nState premier Armin Laschet said the \u201cpreventative measures\u201d in G\u00fctersloh district, home to about 360,000 people, would last until 30 June.\r\nIt is the first such move since Germany began lifting its lockdown. It has been praised for its response to the crisis.\r\nHowever, there are growing concerns that infections are rising again.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s happening in G\u00fctersloh?\r\nMr Laschet described the outbreak linked to the nearby T\u00f6nnies meatpacking plant as the \u201cbiggest infection incident\u201d in the country.\r\n\u201cWe have decided that further measures are necessary,\u201d he told reporters.\r\n\r\nPolice were sent to guard residential buildings for the plant\u2019s employees\r\nBars, museums, cinemas and gyms must all close, and restaurants can only serve meals to take away. Social distancing measures are back in force.\r\n\r\nREAD ALSO:\u00a0Accra Technical University records first COVID-19 case\r\nThere will also be a mandatory quarantine for all employees of the affected plant. Extra police will be deployed to enforce the measures, accompanied by translators to speak to migrant workers.\r\nAuthorities have put up metal fencing and are distributing food to more than 7,000 employees.\r\nAll operations at the site were suspended last Wednesday. A spokesman for the T\u00f6nnies Group apologised for the outbreak.\r\n\r\n\r\nLocal authorities have the power to enforce different measures in their areas. Regulations differ from region to region.\r\nThis is not the only localised outbreak in Germany. A tower block has been placed under quarantine in the central German city of G\u00f6ttingen, and\u00a0police were sent to maintain order\u00a0on Saturday after residents tried to get out.\r\nOfficials said those inside attacked officers with fireworks, bottles and metal bars. Most though have been complying with the quarantine.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the situation in Germany?\r\nLothar Wieler, head of the nation\u2019s public health body the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), told reporters on Tuesday the country was at risk of a second wave of infections but said he was optimistic they could prevent it.\r\nCurrently the reproduction rate \u2013 the R number which indicates how many people one infected person can pass the virus to \u2013 in Germany is estimated at 2.76.\r\nBut authorities have stressed the outbreaks remain localised.\r\nThe R number must be below one for infection rates to fall.