60 rig workers test positive for COVID-19 in Ghana

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ACCRA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- At least 60 rig workers on the Jubilee oil production field offshore Ghana have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, international oil firm Tullow which operates the field has said.

It said two of the cases were reported by the oil firm on Tuesday, while contact tracing led to one additional case on the production vessel FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, where 50 other workers tested negative.

"Also, as part of contact tracing, GHS (Ghana Health Service) tested personnel on board contractor support vessel CSV Lancelot and has confirmed that 57 of the 200 personnel tested positive for COVID-19. All affected people are being brought onshore for isolation and case management," the statement said.

The company said it is enforcing enhanced social distancing on both vessels, with a permanent restriction of movement between the two vessels to minimize any potential for the spread of the virus.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ghana has increased to 7,768 as of Saturday morning. Enditem

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