MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Governor of Chukotka has announced an outbreak of coronavirus at the Mayskoye gold deposit of the Polymetal gold mining company.
“Information came that 21 cases of coronavirus infection were detected at … the field. So far, these are preliminary data,” wrote the head of the region Roman Kopin on his page https://www.instagram.com/p/CF_yWX0DpwH on Instagram (NASDAQ: FB ).
According to him, the workers of the field are now under medical supervision and are being tested for coronavirus; an isolation ward for 150 places has been organized at Mayskoye.
A representative of Polymetal (MCX: POLY) said that all patients and those who came into contact with them were isolated in specially prepared rooms, the company is conducting unscheduled PCR testing of employees.
“The enterprise continues to operate as usual,” the commentary says.
Mayskoye is located in the Chaunsky region of Chukotka in northeastern Russia, in a remote area of the Arctic tundra.
The field produced 129,000 gold equivalent ounces last year, or about 8% of the annual production of Polymetal, the second largest gold producer in Russia.
Polymetal introduced testing and a two-week quarantine for shift workers before entering the shift.
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus this year, the regional authorities had to quarantine large oil and gas fields and construction shift camps, the Olympiada gold deposit of the Polyus company, but the companies managed to avoid production interruptions.
In Russia, which has begun to ease restrictions due to the epidemic since the end of spring, the number of people infected with coronavirus in the last day increased by 11.615 and exceeded 1.23 million.
In the Chukotka Autonomous District, as of October 6, 201 cases of the disease were recorded.
(Anastasia Lyrchikova. Edited by Anastasia Teterevleva)