Meat plants must close if schools stay open, ISAG says

Dr Tomás Ryan of the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group believes both classrooms and meat factories are contributing to spread of the virus and ‘something has to change’

There are currently 27 active outbreaks of Covid-19 across Ireland’s 56 licensed meat processing plants

It is a “no-brainer” to close meat plants to prevent a fourth wave of Covid-19, according an associate professor of biochemistry at Trinity College, Dublin.

It comes as the latest Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) data showed that there had been two infection outbreaks in meat plants in the week leading up to March 20. Meanwhile, there are 27 active outbreaks in total across Ireland’s 56 licensed meat processing plants.

Dr Tomás Ryan, a neuroscientist ...