At least 26 employees of the Doel nuclear power plant are infected with the corona virus. Engie Electrabel confirms this. The employees who tested positive are quarantined and the nuclear power plant is conducting contact tracing to further map the corona outbreak.
Twelve of the 26 infected employees work for Engie Electrabel, the fourteen others carry out assignments for external companies at the nuclear site.
The employees who drop out include staff members who fulfill important tasks in the nuclear power plant. Nevertheless, the management emphasizes that the safety of the nuclear power plant is not compromised for the time being. “Our absolute priority is to guarantee nuclear safety,” he says.
“Every contamination is one too many”
Every day, around 400 staff members visit the site of the nuclear power plant in Doel. To prevent the virus from causing even more victims in the corridors, the 26 infected staff members have been quarantined. Since the beginning of this week, all staff have to work from home as much as possible if their position permits.
There are extensive scenarios to keep strategically important infrastructure running. After all, critical functions, such as checking the nuclear reactors or the maintenance of crucial technical installations, must not be compromised.
Nevertheless, it is important that the staff on the strategically important site does not drop out en masse. “Every infection is one too many,” said a spokesman.
“Monitoring situation from day to day”
It is the first time that 26 staff members have tested positive for the virus. In the first wave of infection it never came to similar numbers.
It cannot be ruled out that this figure will increase even further in the coming days. “The current number of infections cannot of course be seen in isolation from the broader context, the figures have increased everywhere in the past week. We continue to monitor the situation from day to day, so that we can adjust the measures if necessary, ”concludes the management.
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