On January 4, medical service reported 144 new cases of coronavirus at the Tengiz oil field that is 4.5 times higher than the day before. At the same time, only five cases were reported in the Atyrau region as a whole, according to the KTK TV channel.
The situation at the oil and gas field has remained hard since the beginning of the pandemic. Due to the constant influx of workers from all over the country who live in rotational camps, coronavirus infection is constantly present there even though all newcomers should test negative as well as stay some time on quarantine after arrival.
Currently, there are more than 700 people receiving medical treatment in local hospitals. A special command center that has been created for managing this anti-COVID activity ruled to introduce checkpoints at the entrance and exit point at the perimeter of the oil field.
In December, it was reported about the strengthening of anti-epidemiological measures in the field. As the chief sanitary doctor of the Atyrau region said at a briefing, 80% of all COVID-19 cases are reported right there.
On December 6, a special decree of the chief state sanitary doctor of the Zhylyoi district ruled to strengthen sanitary measures at the Tengiz, Prorva and Morskoy oil fields.
Earlier, in November, the akim of Atyrau Oblast MakhambetDosmukhambetov announced that Tengizchevroilexpects up to 35,000 employees to return to the Tengiz oil field by the end of the year. Before entering a shift, all workers undergo a PCR test and quarantine.