Covid: Petrobras has twice the average Brazilian rate

According to a study by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), based on data released by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), the rate of contamination among Petrobras workers is twice the Brazilian average. In the state, the number is 4,448.9 cases per 100,000, against 2,067.9 cases per 100,000 in the Brazilian average. MME data also show that the oil company had 2,065 cases of Covid-19 among its 46,416 effective employees.

Petrobras argues that the high rate is due to the high number of tests, which also identifies asymptomatic people. The company conducted about 1,700 tests per 1,000 employees, a volume higher than the average in Brazil and countries such as England and the United States. The state also says it has adopted several preventive measures, such as wearing masks and adopting the home office.

Fiocruz's study also points out that the oil company has not issued a Work Accident Communication (CATs) document to contaminated workers, which should be done. The Single Federation of Oil Tankers (FUP) corroborates the charges.

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