Work at Fukushima plant may be disturbed due to coronavirus flare-ups

Work at Fukushima plant may be disturbed due to coronavirus flare-ups
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Workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant may need to wear plastic raincoats as the coronavirus flare-up is threatening the production of protective suits in China, where their suppliers are based, an operator warned on Tuesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Staff cleaning up the crippled plant wear special plastic overcoats to prevent radioactive dust settling on clothes or the body, with the TEPCO operator stating as many as 6,000 items are used daily.

"For example, we have coats with transparent pockets showing an ID badge and their radiation measuring device and it is possible these same products are not available", the TEPCO spokesman explained, as cited by The Straits Times.

He assumed regular, commonly available raincoats might soon be the only possible option for staffers at the almost deserted nuclear plant where cleaning efforts have been underway ever since it was damaged in overwhelming tsunamis off the Japanese coast in 2011. The nuclear reactors are expected to take 40 years to be fully dismantled there.

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