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President Trump says OPEC has agreed to cut oil production by approximately 20 million barrels
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The new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been confirmed in more than two dozen people working on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said.
While an offshore rig might seem like an unlikely place for the virus to show up, workers share close quarters and frequently touch surfaces including handrails that make it difficult to stop the spread, nola.com, Times-Picayune's website, reported Wednesday.
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As of April 8, 26 offshore workers in the Gulf had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Coast Guard. Only seven of the 680 platforms in the Gulf had been affected at that point.
BP is among the companies that has had offshore workers test positive for the coronavirus, said spokesman Jason Ryan. The workers were already onshore when the virus was confirmed, he said, and the platform has since been cleaned and has new crew members on board.