The Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF) in India has requested that the state government resume mining activities with immediate effect to revive the state’s economy after a significant decline amid the Covid-19 pandemic. GMPF President Puti Gaonkar was quoted by PTI as saying that full-scale mining operations should be restarted as soon as possible to sustain the economy.
Locals in towns including Moranbah, Clermont and Emerald in Queensland are calling for tighter restrictions on the movement of mining workers following the confirmation of the first Covid-19 case at a Bowen Basin coal mine. According to the Guardian Australia, the infected mineworker is believed to have travelled from Rockhampton to Blackwater and back by bus during his last roster period. As a precautionary measure, colleagues who had potential contact with the man have been isolated.
Antamina has announced plans to temporarily suspend its operations amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The company’s decision comes to support the Peruvian government in its efforts against the coronavirus. With this suspension, it seeks to adapt its operations and services to the new stage that Peru will enter when the State of National Emergency comes to an end.
Sibanye-Stillwater has received approval from the South African government to conduct limited mining and processing at its operations beginning 14 April, amid a lockdown across the country that halted mining operations. The company placed its gold and platinum operations in the country on care and maintenance on 25 March, Reuters reported.