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320 COVID19 Cases Reported at South African Mines

Mining News - Published on Thu, 28 May 2020

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Reuters reported that Minerals Council said that South Africa's mining industry has so far recorded 320 cases of the new coronavirus, as underground mines prepare to ramp up output when Africa's most industrialised economy eases lockdown measures next week. Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter said "Clearly we are going to see an escalation in those numbers, but we will manage those numbers, do the screenings and keep people in isolation."

Mines across South Africa, the world's biggest producer of platinum and chrome and a leading producer of gold and diamonds, were forced to shut temporarily when a nationwide coronavirus lockdown began in late March. Open-cast mines have been allowed to work at full capacity again since May 1, while deep-level mines - where social distancing is more difficult - were restricted to 50%. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced a further easing of the lockdown from June 1, allowing the vast majority of the economy to return to full capacity.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 28 May 2020
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