A pedestrian passes graffiti of Communist Party of China General Secretary Xi Jinping (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump kissing each other while wearing face masks during the coronavirus crisis on April 27, 2020 in Berlin

A mass infection of workers at a slaughterhouse in the Rhine region accompanied by an uptick in the R number is leading to concerns that the corona virus is making new inroads in Germany.

Armin Laschet, leader in Germany’s largest state, North Rhine Westphalia, warned that he was contemplating a renewed lockdown after some 800 workers at one of the country’s largest slaughterhouses were confirmed.

“The chain of infections can still be identified,” Mr Laschet said. “But if this changes a sweeping lockdown in the region will be necessary.”

He added that