MINING TECHNOLOGY | As mines were permitted to return to operation in Mexico and then Liberia in early June, the number of mines on hold due to COVID-19, and ensuing lockdowns or company measures, fell to 94 as of 12 June, having been 3,614 at the end of March. The largest share of these were in North America, followed by Europe and Africa, with just six in Asia-Pacific and Oceania combined.
Whilst restrictions are being lifted, as a result of more widespread testing, large numbers of cases are being discovered at some mines, which is leading to more closures. On Monday 8 June, for example, Polish authorities announced that 12 mines would be closed for three weeks after it was found that hundreds of workers were infected with COVID-19.
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