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Norway: Pandemic Equinor Confirms Corona Virus Case in Norway’s North Sea

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Equinor has reported that one person at its Martin Linge field has been detected positive for the deadly virus which is spreading like wild fire across the globe. The patient has been kept in isolation. Two other people at the field have also been examined however, the results are still pending.

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One person at the Martin Linge field in the North Sea has tested positive for corona virus.
One person at the Martin Linge field in the North Sea has tested positive for corona virus.
(Source: Jan Arne Wold/Woldcam - Equinor)

Norway – One person at the Martin Linge field in the North Sea has tested positive for corona virus. The person is not seriously ill.

Equinor is in dialogue with the Norwegian health authorities on further measures. The infected person has been in isolation in his cabin since March 9. Measures have been introduced to prevent further contamination for offshore installations. It has not been decided when the person will be brought ashore.

The person arrived at the field just before noon on March 4. The person had recently been to Austria. When Austria was listed as a high-risk destination, the person was quarantined on board and a test was conducted. Tests have also been conducted on two more people at the field, who have visited high risk destinations. The results of these tests are yet not available.

Medical staff on board is following up with all personnel and there are no additional people with symptoms on board. The activity on the field will be reduced for some time. Equinor is continuously evaluating further measures.

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Measures to prevent further contamination are under implementation, such as:

• Reduction of social gatherings

• Reduction of meetings

• Introduction of larger distances between personnel in the canteen

• Cleaning of selected common areas

The Martin Linge field is currently under construction and is planned to start production at the end of 2020. There are currently 776 people offshore who are working on the project which is spread across three installations.

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