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OKD Suspends Coal Mining in Karvina over COVID19 Outbreak

Coal News - Published on Fri, 03 Jul 2020

Image Source: OKD Karviná Coronavirus COVID19
CTK reported that OKD company will suspend mining in all mines in the Karvina area of north Moravia after results of blanket coronavirus testing in its CSM mines uncovered a high incidence of COVID-19 among their employees. In the infection clusters in the CSM-Sever (North) and CSM-Jih (South) mines, a total of 850 infected have now been confirmed. So far, it has been discontinued in the Darkov mine only, where the first COVID-19 infection cluster emerged two months ago. OKD executive director Radim Tabasek said “As of today, 158 employees, mainly from the Darkov mine, have returned to work after recovering from the disease. We are very glad that most of our ill employees have no symptoms of the disease, but despite that we consider it our responsibility to suspend mining for six weeks and adapt the operation to the current situation. Only work needed to secure the workplaces for a long-term shutdown will be conducted in the mines as of July 3.”

Regional Public Health Office in Ostrava Petr Koprivík told CTK “In the CSM mines, 704 of the 3,403 employees tested were positive for COVID-19. That equates to 20.7 percent, but the vast majority of them had no or only very mild symptoms of the disease. The miners did not process this as an illness. They had no idea they were infected and this was not apparent in them, either. It is hard to blame them for anything, as they looked healthy and thought they were as well.”

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Jul 2020
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