A second district in Germany has been placed under lockdown over a coronavirus outbreak. 

“In order to protect the population, we are now launching a further safety and security package to effectively combat the spread of the virus,” said North Rhine-Westphalia health minister Karl-Josef Laumann, ordering a lockdown for the district of Warendorf.

The news came shortly after similar measures were reinforced around the neighbouring area of Guetersloh after more than 1,500 workers tested positive for COVID-19 at the slaughterhouse.

The move marked the first local lockdown imposed after Germany lifted all security restrictions.