Argentina: Covid-19 outbreak hits Cerro Vanguardia workersPublished by MAC on 2020-11-12
Source: Miningweekly.com, Miningmx.com, Viapais.com.ar (2020-11-12)
Infections soared in Puerto San Julián, Santa Cruz province, Patagonia.
Anglogold Ashanti is shutting down for 10 days the Cerro Vanguardia gold mine in Southern Patagonia, amid an outbreak of the Covid-19 disease. The latest medical report issued by local health authorities detected 271 new cases in Santa Cruz province, of which 77 correspond to the small town of Puerto San Julián (the closest to the mine site, located 150 kilometers away).
The town went from 97 to 174 confirmed cases in 24 hours .
The latest medical report issued by health authorities detected 271 new positive cases in the province, of which 77 correspond to the small town of Puerto San Julián. In 24 hours, the town went from 97 to 174 infections. According to the 2010 census, Puerto San Julián has some 8 thousand residents.
November 10, 2020
ANGLOGOLD Ashanti said it would lose about 8,000 ounces in gold production from its Cerro Vanguardia mine in Argentina after deciding to shut the operation for 10 days amid an outbreak of Covid-19 disease.
It described the decision as “precautionary”.
Operations are expected to resume on November 20 but access to the mine would remain restricted to “essential personnel” for another ten days until November 30, it said.
Local health and labour authorities are being engaged and a full sanitisation process of the site will commence. Essential activities would continue for the duration of the voluntary suspension.
“The balance of AngloGold Ashanti’s mines continue to operate as normal, employing a suite of measures to mitigate the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” AngloGold said in a statement to the JSE.
AngloGold’s Argentina mine shuts after Covid-19 cases detected
10th November 2020
Bullion miner AngloGold Ashanti has voluntary suspended operations at its Cerro Vanguardia mine, in Argentina, after Covid-19 cases were detected among the workforce.
The mine would be shut for ten days and operations would resume on November 20, the South Africa-headquartered company said on Tuesday.
The stoppage would have an 8 000 oz production impact.
“AngloGold Ashanti is fully supportive of efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 and is committed to working with and supporting the Argentinian government, particularly in the Santa Cruz province, to combat the virus,” the firm stated.