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212 Test COVID-19 at Czech Coal Mine OKD

Coal News - Published on Wed, 27 May 2020

Image Source: Czech Coal Mine OKD Coronavirus COVID19
Czech coal producer OKD has closed the Darkov coal mine in the city of Karvina after over 200 workers tested positive for COVID-19. OKD had to call in medics from the Czech Army to provide support at the facility, after 212 cases were identified there during testing of 2,400 workers and their families. Only workers who are necessary to deal with ventilation and water pumping remain in the mine.

Darkov is located in Silesia along alongside a Polish region that has also seen large outbreaks in its mines.

The history of the present Darkov Site dates back to the mid 19th century. At that time, several new mines were established and they were merged under Darkov Mine later on. These were in particular the following mines: Gabriela (established in 1852), Hohenegger (1880) and Austria (1898). These mines underwent numerous changes; their names changed several times.In the 1950s, they were merged into the “Velkodul 1. maj” that was renamed Darkov Mine on 2 May 1991. There were some organizational changes after the year 1990. At the beginning of 1993 the sites Darkov and Mír merged.As coal reserves were depleted in the 9. kveten Site coal field, Sites 2 and 3 were merged on 1 April 2012 into a single site – Darkov Site. It was then renamed Darkov Mine in autumn 2013.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 27 May 2020
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