August 6, 2020

Virus outbreak shutters huge Papua New Guinea mine

Port Moresby (AFP) – A coronavirus outbreak has forced the closure of a major Papua New Guinea mine, its operator said Thursday, as the virus spreads to a remote corner of one of the Pacific’s poorest nations. Ok Tedi Mining said it had decided “to immediately suspend operations for at least 14 days” after seven cases were detected at the facility near the Indonesian border. The copper and gold mine sits in the remote Papua New Guinea highlands, employs thousands of people and accounts for around seven percent of the country’s GDP, according to company figures. It is believed the virus was bro…


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