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Cluster meat works fully reopens for 300 workers to return

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Hundreds of workers are returning to the abattoir at the centre of Victoria’s largest coronavirus cluster.

Hundreds of workers are returning to the abattoir at the centre of Victoria's largest coronavirus cluster.

Cedar Meats at Brooklyn, in Melbourne's west, is resuming full operations on Thursday with staff who have been medically cleared to work by the state's health department.

A cluster of infected workers and their close contacts, which gradually ballooned to 111 cases, kept the meatworks shut for weeks.

It began reopening with limited staff on May 18 when it switched on its cold storage facility, but Thursday's opening in earnest will pave the way for about 300 staff to get back to work.

General Manager Tony Kairouz says he's excited to have the "Cedar family back together".

The abattoir has been working with the health department for weeks to ensure its safety measures are up to scratch, he said.

"We have done everything possible to provide a safe work environment for our staff," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The safety and wellbeing of all people will always be our number one priority and inherent in that is a happy place to work and thriving business that provides security of income to our people and their families."

New cases haven't been linked to the Cedar Meats cluster since May 22.

Victoria has recorded a total of 1618 coronavirus cases, with eight new infections were revealed on Wednesday.

Among the latest cases were a staff member at a Melbourne hotel hosting quarantined travellers and two workers at Lynden Aged Care in Camberwell.

So far, 1539 people have recovered in Victoria, with 60 active cases and 19 fatalities.

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 - Reported with AAP

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-cedar-meats-plant-fully-reopening-after-workers-infected-victoria-news/ae4259d6-6399-4343-b5ec-856fc3a00490

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