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Germans support stricter laws on working conditions in slaughterhouses: survey
From:Xinhua  |  2020-06-26 21:08

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BERLIN, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Ninety-two percent of Germans supported stricter laws on working conditions in slaughterhouses, even if this was leading to rising prices, according to a Politbarometer survey published by the German public broadcaster ZDF on Friday.

Following an outbreak at German meat processing company Toennies, more than 1,500 employees had been tested positive for COVID-19 and restrictive measures were reimposed in the affected districts.

According to the survey, 89 percent of German citizens supported the severe restrictions on public life in the districts of the country's most populous state North-Rhine Westphalia.

A majority of Germans believed it was correct to generally ease COVID-19 measures throughout the country during the past weeks, according to the survey. Thirty-two percent thought that the easing of restrictions was going too far, while only 10 percent of respondents called for less restrictions.

Germany's official COVID-19 warning app that was launched on June 16, already reached 13.3 million downloads by Friday, more than 15 percent of the country's population.

However, only 38 percent of Germans said that the warning app that was developed by SAP and Deutsche Telekom on behalf of the German government would contribute significantly to limiting the pandemic in Germany. A majority believed that the app would "not make a major contribution."

On July 1, Germany will take over the Council of the European Union presidency for six months. During this time, a decision on a 750-billion-euro (842-billion-U.S. dollar) aid package to support member states particularly affected by the COVID-19 crisis is expected.

The aid package was supported by 63 percent of Germans, although 31 percent rejected the package in its current form. A clear majority of Germans assumed that all EU countries would agree to the financial package, the survey found.