Endeavour Mining confirms first case of coronavirus at African mine site

In a press release issued Monday, March 16, Canadian mining group Endeavour Mining reported that an employee at its mine in Houndé, Burkina Faso, tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed in quarantine. The employee, who had returned from the UK, reportedly « experienced mild symptoms within hours of arriving at the site » and « in accordance with the protocol and COVID-19 procedures put in place by Endeavour Mining, the Burkina Faso health authorities were immediately informed », the company said, adding that its « mining and exploration activities have not been interrupted ». This is the first confirmed case of coronavirus at a mine site in Africa. Burkina Faso reported its first two cases of coronavirus on 9 March, and is now reported to have 15 identified cases.