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Russian Alrosa diamond miner idles mine as several workers test positive for coronavirus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 26, 2020
Alrosa decided to suspend works at its Inter underground mine as several employees were tested positive for the coronavirus infection. Operations are expected to be idled for 1 to 2 weeks.
Alrosa diamond mine
Inter   Alrosa diamond mine
The employees tested positive for the coronavirus are treated at the Mirny hospital; their health condition is stable.

Topics: Russia Alrosa

In particular, usual operations of the mine are temporarily suspended, except for those ensuring the safety of the mine and maintenance of its infrastructure. Suspension preliminary estimated to last from 7 to 14 days. All staff members of the mine and contractors who were forced to stop operations will be compensated according to the applicable labor law.

In order to reduce risks of contagion for the employees and their families the company arranges a mass testing for all personnel working at the Inter mine, including employees from other divisions. Several hundred test have been already taken.

The Company will consider an option to bring the personnel with negative tests and no virus symptoms back to work in a week, as testing results for all staff of the mine and contractors will be available.