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COVID-19 kills worker at First Quantum’s Cobre Panamá Mine

Mining News - Published on Mon, 06 Apr 2020

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Panama’s Ministry of Health confirmed that one person died at the Cobre Panama operation due to complications caused by the novel coronavirus infection. Panama Ministry of Health tweetd “After the first case of # COVID19 and the MINSA carried out an epidemiological siege on March 24 in Minera Panamá, unfortunately a death occurred yesterday, April 4, at night. We regret the loss of this worker and together with the Social Insurance Registry we will proceed to expand our testing procedures to follow up with the other workers.”

The initial COVID-19 cases identified at the site were members of the contractor workforce, who are currently being cared for in the public healthcare system. According to First Quantum, by the time the infections were detected, Cobre Panama had already implemented control, isolation and quarantine measures in line with the guidelines issued by the Panamanian government.

Cobre Panama is 90% owned by Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals through its subsidiary Minera Panama. The massive mining complex is located about 120 kilometres west of Panama City and 20 kilometres from the Atlantic coast.

Although most economic activities have been halted in the Central American country, the mining operation was allowed to continue under Executive Decree 500. The condition to do so is that there is strict adherence to the protocols established by the Ministry of Health, that the labour force is reduced to the minimum necessary and that shifts last only for 12 hours.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 06 Apr 2020
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