Brazil’s offshore oil workers chilled by coronavirus outbreaks

On Friday, May 1, two workers on the PXA-1 offshore platform owned by Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras checked into the facility’s infirmary complaining of headaches and fever-like symptoms.

Another Petrobras employee fell visibly ill the following day, three workers from the platform told Reuters.

The sickness spread further in the subsequent days, stoking anxiety among the 45 workers onboard, all but one of whom later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the local union.

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