Cora Gold Limited, the West African focused gold company, announces a corporate update in response to COVID-19.
Cora places the safety and wellbeing of its employees and contractors as its highest priority. Accordingly, a business continuity programme has been put in place to protect employees whilst ensuring the safe operation of the Company.
Having spoken with, amongst others, local government, staff and contractors, strict protocols have been implemented to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at all the Company’s relatively isolated camps in Mali and Senegal. These include, but are not limited to, twice daily temperature checks for all staff, regular hand cleaning points, reduced movement of staff and a two-week supply of fuel and food to allow operations to continue in relative isolation whilst the Company monitors the situation in the region. Isolation units are set up in the event of any symptoms shown in a camp and there are medical clinics under an hour‘s drive away in the event the symptoms persist for any extended period. All field camps are currently operating with no expatriate staff as is generally the case for the Company regardless of the current situation.
The situation in respect of COVID-19 is an evolving one and the Board will continue to review its potential impact on its staff and the business and provide further updates as appropriate.
Bert Monro, CEO of Cora Gold, said, “As the impact of COVID-19 escalates, our focus has been on protecting our employees. Accordingly, we have taken advice from a variety of sources, which have led us to believe that it is best to continue with our programmes given the remoteness of operations and their ability to continue for the time being in isolation; with additional safety measures implemented, our employees may be safer on site than returning to areas of much higher population density. Naturally, we will continue to monitor the situation and change our plans immediately if appropriate.”