May 16, 2020 / 1:43 PM / 18 days ago

South African platinum miner Impala finds 19 coronavirus cases at mine

JOHANNESBURG, May 16 (Reuters) - South Africa’s Impala Platinum said on Saturday it had detected 19 positive cases of the COVID-19 disease at its Marula operation in northern Limpopo province, and that it would close the plant until it had taken necessary health measures.

“Implats has identified 19 positive cases during the week, all of them asymptomatic. Of these cases, 14 were identified as the result of proactive testing of employees returning to work. None of these employees had started work at the mine,” the firm said in a statement. (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana and Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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