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Argentina: Covid-19 outbreak hits Cerro Vanguardia and San José workers

Published by MAC on 2020-11-12

Infections soared in Puerto San Julián and Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz province.

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).

Menwhile, Hochschild Mining has announced that it had halted operations at its San Jose mine in Argentina. Perito Moreno, the small town of 4,600 inhabitants located some 50 Km from the gold-silver mine, added dozens of coronavirus infections in the last week. According to the latest report by Saber para Prevenir, which is released by the provincial government, the town went from 24 to 108 positive cases in a single day.

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McEwen suspends San José mine in Argentina due to COVID-19 crisis

Vladimir Basov

November 30, 2020

(Kitco News) - McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX) (TSX: MUX) today reported that a significant increase in COVID-19 infections in the Santa Cruz province in Argentina has resulted in the temporary lockdown of various mines including its 49%-owned San José mine.

Production for Q4 is likely to be impacted by the shutdown. Limited operations are expected to resume in the coming days, subject to permission from the authorities.

The San José mine is owned and operated in partnership between McEwen Mining (49% interest) and Hochschild Mining (51% interest). Located approximately 20 km north of Newmont’s Cerro Negro project, in the northwest corner of the Deseado Massif region of the Santa Cruz Province in Argentina, the mine is a high grade underground gold and silver operation in production since 2007.

McEwen Mining is a diversified gold and silver producer and explorer with operating mines in Nevada, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. It also owns a large copper deposit in Argentina. McEwen Mining’s goal is to create a profitable gold and silver producer focused in the Americas. McEwen Mining has approximately 409 million shares outstanding. Rob McEwen, Chairman and Chief Owner, owns 20% of the shares.

Hochschild temporarily suspends San Jose mine in Argentina

30 November 2020

Hochschild Mining has announced that it had halted operations at its San Jose mine in Argentina, so as to comply with a mandated regional lockdown in the country’s Santa Cruz province.

The suspension comes as the province witnessed a significant rise in Covid-19 infections.

The company expects to resume partial operations at the site from 4 December. The restart is, however, dependent on receiving permission from the respective authorities.

Hochschild noted that the suspension of operations at the site is not expected to impact the company’s revised full year guidance of between 280,000oz-290,000oz of gold or 24Moz-25Moz of silver equivalent.

Headquartered in the UK, Hochschild Mining is a precious metals company focussed on the exploration, mining, processing as well as sale of gold and silver.

Currently, the company operates three underground epithermal vein mines, two in southern Peru and the other in southern Argentina.

Coronavirus: alarm due to strong outbreak in Puerto San Julián, Santa Cruz, Argentina

The town went from 97 to 174 confirmed cases in 24 hours .

Francisco Vera


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.

Covid-19 infections prompts AngloGold Ashanti to shut Cerro Vanguardia for 10 days

David McKay

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

Mariaan Webb

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.


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