Ecuador: Despite the pandemic, Ecuador to resume mining activity

Author: Reuters , Published on: 19 May 2020

“Ecuador to restart mining activity after pause due to pandemic” – 18 May 2020

 … Ecuador will progressively restart mining activity this week after the government approved new security protocols for mineral transport and the return of workers to the mines amid the coronavirus pandemic, an official said over the weekend…Mining activity in the Andean nation fell by 60% since mid-March, when the government imposed a quarantine to contain one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus in Latin America, government data show… “The priority continues to be containing the spread, but in this stage of economic reactivation the new protocol allows us to reach that goal,” Fernando Benalcazar, the country’s vice minister of mining, told Reuters on Saturday… The country’s two largest mines, Fruta del Norte and Mirador, are preparing to restart their operations gradually, while smaller gold miners in the country’s south have already begun transporting their minerals, which had been prohibited since the quarantine began, Benalcazar said… Canada’s Lundin Gold, which operates Fruta del Norte, said it was restarting mineral transport under international security protocols for workers and nearby communities… It said it would test the drivers of the vehicles that entered its mine for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and fumigate daily…

 

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