AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine in South Africa has been quickly shut just after 164 staff examined good for the coronavirus, the gold miner mentioned in a statement on Sunday.
The mine, the deepest in the planet, only re-opened in April soon after remaining shut underneath a nationwide lockdown, and experienced been functioning at all over 50 percent potential. It accounted for close to 7.4 percent of the company’s total gold creation in 2019.
AngloGold Ashanti claimed it experienced executed 650 tests at Mponeng because detecting the 1st scenario of the virus there last week, and 164 workforce experienced examined good with only a handful of tests remaining to method.
“As a precautionary action, and following discussions with the regulator, operations… have been briefly halted on a voluntary basis, to total call tracing and to once again deep thoroughly clean and sanitize the office and vital infrastructure,” the statement mentioned.