Drawing on experience gained combating Ebola outbreaks around its African operations, Barrick Gold Corp announced that it has increased its inventory of key commodities to above their normal level as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world.
The company, which is the second-largest gold miner in the world, has also increased site-specific emergency response plans as well as regional crisis management plans to deal with any manifestation of COVID-19 in or near its mines globally.
Barrick said it has counselled employees about the symptoms of the virus and the risk of contracting the infection. Access to each site across the group is strictly controlled and visitors, employees and contractors are being routinely screened. Additionally, the company has put emergency medical procedures and facilities in place.