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COVID-19 Testing at Diavik Diamond Mine of Rio Tinto

Mining News - Published on Tue, 07 Jul 2020

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Nearly 2,600 tests for COVID-19 have now been completed at Rio Tinto’s Diavik diamond mine in the Northwest Territories of Canada, with no cases detected in the workforce. On-site testing using nasopharyngeal swabs was introduced for Diavik employees and contractors seven weeks ago in collaboration with the Chief Public Health Officer of the Northwest Territories, as an extra precautionary measure to protect workers and community members. All personnel are tested on arrival at the mine and before leaving to return home, in addition to a comprehensive range of control measures around screening, sanitisation and social distancing. These combined measures are ensuring Diavik can continue to operate safely and maintain its significant contribution to the Northwest Territories economy and community partners.

Diavik is also supporting COVID-19 testing at the nearby Gahcho Kué and Snap Lake mines, processing over 850 additional tests to date. This brings the total number of tests completed at Diavik to approximately 3,450 tests.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 07 Jul 2020
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