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ROUNDUP 2: Trade and industry are arming themselves against the Corona variant Omikron

Wednesday, 12/22/2021 4:23 PM from

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Trade and industry in Germany are arming themselves against the spread of the highly contagious Corona variant Omikron. Most industries – from the food industry to energy supply – consider the risks manageable, as a survey by the German press agency showed. The industry is particularly concerned about the international exchange of goods if the pandemic worsens.

For the food industry, the protection of the health of employees has priority at the moment, “so that food production can also be maintained,” said the chief executive of the German Food Association, Christoph Minhoff. “Although there is no guarantee that there will be no stoppages in the production process if employees have to be quarantined, we can assure you that we as an industry are doing everything in our power to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through preventive operational measures and now to prevent the omicron variant. “

If employees should be absent due to quarantine, this would not necessarily result in supply problems, stressed Minhoff. Long-life foods such as pasta, rice, frozen products or canned food are pre-produced in large quantities and can be called up. In addition, in many areas there is not just one, but many providers who can compensate for possible delivery problems.

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In view of the continuing burdens on the economy from the pandemic, the federal states proposed in a letter to Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) an extension and improvement of the economic aid for companies affected by government restrictions. In order to supply the companies with liquidity as early as January 2022, the states also suggested advance payments./rea/DP/nas

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