Coro­n­avirus spreads to Brazil’s oil­fields

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T -

RIODEJANEI­RO: Nor­way’s Equinor and An­glo-French firm Perenco are among at least five ma­jor oil pro­duc­ers that have reg­is­tered coro­n­avirus cases among their em­ploy­ees or con­trac­tors at fa­cil­i­ties that are off the coast of Brazil, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources.

Royal Dutch Shell and Brazil’s Enauta Par­tic­i­pa­coes have reg­is­tered one case each, and hun­dreds of cases have been recorded at oil­fields op­er­ated by state-run Petro­bras.

The in­fec­tions il­lus­trate the threat the virus poses to work­ers toil­ing in cramped quar­ters offshore and have raised ques­tions about the ef­fec­tive­ness of ex­ten­sive test­ing ef­forts to con­tain the pan­demic’s spread on plat­forms.

Oil pro­duc­tion has come un­der in­tense scru­tiny dur­ing the pan­demic as em­ploy­ees are forced to work, sleep and eat in con­fined ar­eas.

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