Mining continues at Roxgold’s Burkina Faso operation despite COVID-19 cases

West African gold miner Roxgold is continuing to operate at its Yaramoko Mine Complex in Burkina Faso, despite confirming that two individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the site last month.

In its latest quarterly production update, Roxgold said that operations at Yaramoko currently remain unaffected, with heightened preventative measures and response plans in place to mitigate and minimise any potential impacts from the virus.

On March 22nd, the company announced that two contractors at the Yaramoko mine tested positive for coronavirus, although both cases experienced only mild symptoms and have now recovered.

In addition, a majority of the previously isolated workers who were identified via contact-tracing have returned to the workforce after completing their prescribed isolation periods and testing.

Roxgold has continued to enhance its testing and on-site medical support as well as reducing all non-essential mine site personnel. It has also increased the supply chain thresholds for consumables, which will enable the mine to operate for extended periods.

“During these challenging times, we continue to prioritise the health and safety of our workforce and local communities,” said Roxgold’s president and CEO John Dorward.

In the first quarter of the year, Yaramoko produced 32,380 ounces of gold, based on processing 125,879 tonnes at an average grade of 8.7 grams per tonne and average mill recoveries of 97.9%.