By Emmanuel Tumanjong

Special to Dow Jones Newswires


French energy giant Total SA said Sunday that its unit in the Republic of Congo has been affected by the coronavirus, with 14 of its workers infected.

Total, with a daily oil output in the Congo Republic at 190,000 barrels--about 60% of the country's total production--said it is continuing drilling, but taking measures to curb the spread of the disease through systematic spraying of the company's site and isolating the infected persons in quarantine.

The announcement comes as the World Bank said the Central African nation has been given an aid package of $11.3 million to fight the virus.

Since the virus broke out in the Congo Republic in mid-March, the oil-dependent nation's government has announced 200 cases and eight deaths.


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