"Around 200 people tried to get out, but 500 people complied with quarantine rules," Goettingen police chief Uwe Luehrig said at a press conference on Sunday.
In the ensuing fracas, eight police officers were injured after residents started to attack law enforcement officials with bottles, fireworks and metal bars, Luehrig said.
There are 1,300 properties where staff and their families live, and where we need to observe the quarantine rules
- Armin Laschet, the premier of the state of North Rhine Westphalia
Officials in North Rhine-Westphalia forced 6,500 employees and their families to go into quarantine earlier this week after more than 1,000 staff at German meat processing firm Toennies tested positive for coronavirus.
Armin Laschet, the premier of the state of North Rhine Westphalia called in consular officials from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania to mobilise translators to persuade workers at a local meat processing plant to observe a new lockdown.
"There are 1,300 properties where staff and their families live, and where we need to observe the quarantine rules," Laschet said at a press conference on Sunday, explaining that local police and public order officials were helping out.
Germany has previously been hailed as one of the world's success stories in their vigilant handling of the pandemic, having reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed infections and 8,882 deaths.
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