MineraPanama The giant Canadian owned,mining operation in Colon which has registered five COVID-19 deaths announced Saturday, June 27 that it is now free of the virus.
First Quantum company Cobre Panama, which runs the region's largest open-pit declared itself ready to return to operate without risking health protocols".
In a published statement Minera said: "the return of 3,500 employees can be achieved safely and responsibly, avoiding the possible transmission risks that would come from returning to the total workforce of 7,000 employees."
Last April and after the first death of a worker from COVID-19, the temporary closure of the operations of Cobre Panamá and the establishment of a sanitary fence by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) were ordered.
To date, the number of recovered miners amounts to 197 after the last one left the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on Saturday, where he was doing therapy to improve his physical condition after the illness.
The company said that "with his release from the hospital, the workforce of Cobre Panamá declares herself free of covid-19."
It stressed that "this last miner represents the strength of 197 who fought the battle against this virus that in total affected 202 collaborators, and painfully took the lives of five of them."
The company said that the sanitary protocols that it applies are "strict" and exposed to the authorities that have carried out nearly a dozen inspections, and also provided data "that shows that since May 8 there are no new cases inside the mine" .
More than 9,000 serological tests have been applied, certified by the Gorgas Commemorative Institute, and a laboratory has been built for the analysis of the tests.
In addition, sanitization and misting of all areas has been implemented as part of a regular procedure at the mine.
In the coexistence zones, lines of at least 2 meters have been demarcated for lines in the required areas, such as those for collecting prepared meals and those assigned for daily health evaluations.
In the transfer of the workers who manage the maintenance and safe preservation, to and from the mine, a strict control is also maintained while the
Buses traveling to the mine have been determined to have a maximum occupancy of 40% of total capacity.
"These and other measures are supervised by the authorities and our Special Health and Hygiene Committee for the Prevention and Care" of the disease, said Keith Green, Country Manager for Cobre Panamá.
Because of this, Cobre Panamá considers that "in collaboration with Minsa and the majority mining union Utramipa, it is confident that it can return to a normal level of operations again without risking health protocols."
Cobre Panamá is a copper mine of the company First Quantum Minerals and Minera Panamá SA is the legal designation of the group in Panama
The $6.7 billion private investment project held its first grind on February 18, 2019 and shipped its first export in June 2019, primarily to China.
Snake you make a great point but the people in Panama have no say in the affairs of the country. Three parties battle it out every 5 years to see how much they can steal during their term. Panama can't be changed it's culture is "Juego Vivo". The only change I see is that it's possible the PRD have no plans to give up control or power. They can collapse Panama in the next 6 months and then start making emergency decrees and changes to the Constitution. Get their own judges in place like Chavez did in Venezuela and Viola you got yourself a dictatorship fully entrenched. They can allow a vote which they control. This allows them legitimacy in the international community, the whole will of the panama people thing. Panama is primed and ready for the PRD to rule for indefinitely. They can replace Cortizo with another equally bad or even worse.
Just the fact that Panama allows another country to mine for Panama's resources shows a complete lack of competence. Not much different than when Spain came to Panama and took their gold by force. Only difference is that the government is selling what belongs to the PEOPLE instead of another country stealing it. It is still stealing as far as i am concerned. The people of Panama need to take back what is their's and stop letting the corrupt officials get rich from the natural resources that belong to the people. Keep chipping away at the ecosystem and the canal will fail. The sensitive ecosystem in the rain forest is a big part of what determines the water levels in Gatun to operate the canal.
Jb well at least the Canadian company that owns the mine is smart to take it. That nutbar Prime Minister in Canada sold all theirs except for 1 oz or 1 bar. If you take all the gold that has ever been mined in history it would only be a pile 21 meters square and has been money for 5000 yrs. Its on sale now get yours
OH Ya makes an excellent point. The real wealth is in the gold which some countries like China and Russia have been accumulating to back their currencies. Fiat currencies all go to zero eventually. Panama is so used to piggybacking on the USA they might get caught holding essentially a peso. The real wealth of Panama is being cleverly excavated and shipped abroad. Canadians are smart to take it!
Well lets just hope that panama is taking its cut in the gold they also get out of this mine .because were there is copper you also find gold and the USD soon will only have a use in the bathroom at the rate they are printing them .the Weimar Republic and Venezuela know all about over printing
Mini-supers are open at their discretion. The mine opening means royalty revenue for the government, tax revenue, and money for the canal as shipments resume - good for the economy and all of us. Let's hope the construction industry will be next adter the doom and gloomers haave boarded their mercy flights to the former world # 1 economy.
So it's safe to put 3500 people working in a pit but not safe for a small mom pop restaurant to open? Stinks of corruption!