Corona beer production stopped due to coronavirus pandemic – National

The novel coronavirus pandemic has temporarily killed all Corona beer production – but not because of false rumors or jokes linking it to the disease.

Grupo Modelo, the company that brews Corona beer in Mexico, has been forced to temporarily halt production as part of the country’s lockdown measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.


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Mexico declared a health emergency this week and ordered all non-essential services to halt operations amid the crisis, which has resulted in more than 1,000 infections to date.

Grupo Modelo’s 11 breweries fell under the Mexican definition of a non-core business, leaving the company with no choice but to shut down operations and halt Corona exports to 180 countries around the world.

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The brewer says it is already cutting production and will suspend operations on Sunday. But all is not lost, Corona lovers: the company will leave the breweries in place so that it can quickly produce more beer if the situation improves.

“If the federal government deems it appropriate to issue clarifications confirming that beer is an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working from home and guaranteeing at the same time the supply of beer, ”the company said in a statement.


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Corona beer became a target for viral memes at the start of the new coronavirus crisis before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

There were also rumors that people were avoiding beer amid fears of the virus, although these were based on a questionable public relations investigation and since debunked.

There is no connection between beer and the virus. Obviously.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health officials warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to avoid spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented recommendations or additional enforcement actions to ensure that those returning to the region isolate themselves.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic illnesses such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining a two-meter distance from others if you go out.

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With files from Reuters

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