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So. Africa: Mining companies take measures to fight COVID-19 outbreak, as unions call for summit to tackle the deadly virus

Mining companies have developed an action plan to soften the impact of coronavirus on the industry, both for mineworkers and managers who travel extensively. The industry is “putting in place risk-mitigating measures to rapidly identify any cases of the virus, to ensure rapid isolation and contact tracing, and could — if necessary — mobilise large-scale medical facilities,” the Minerals Council said on Friday. Meanwhile the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has urged mining companies operating in South Africa to urgently convene a summit to discuss how prepared the industry is to handle the COVID-19 outbreak.