- Six firefighters tested positive for Covid-19 in a collapsed apartment in Florida.
- Frustration is one of several problems faced by first responders in recent days.
- Due to structural problems, the search and rescue operation was suspended for 15 hours on Thursday.
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According to Alan Kominsky, chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Department, six firefighters in the collapsed Champlain Tanan apartment tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
“We do have our medical procedures,” Kominsky told Miami herald“Unfortunately, this is another challenge, but we have been dealing with it in the past year.”
The small-scale Covid-19 outbreak at the wreck site is just another issue that the search and rescue team has dealt with in recent days.
Nearly a full day of search was cancelled after the ruins were destroyed on Thursday Moved 15 to 30 centimeters, Kominsky told the Herald, but after waiting 15 hours, work resumed.
It has been confirmed that 22 people have died due to the collapse and 126 people are missing.Mayor of Miami-Dade Daniela Levin Kava It said on Friday that 19 names were removed from the list of missing persons after some residents reported safety and found several duplicate names.
Cava also signed an emergency order to remove the standing part of Champlain Tann, but she emphasized that it may take several weeks to schedule.
According to the Associated Press, Levin Kava said: “Our priority is search and rescue. We will not take any actions that endanger our search and rescue work.” “The building poses a threat to public health and safety.”
The authorities worry that the remaining part of the apartment may collapse at any time, and said that every day shower Add more weight to the structure and make it more unstable.
As Hurricane Elsa approached southern Florida, rescuers sleeping in tents were transferred to the Royal Caribbean Ocean Explorer cruise ship. According to reports, a total of about 600 first responders will remain on board. Associated Press.