Mining: Barrick Gold keeps a cool head against the coronavirus

Canadian Major Barrick Gold, which has 25 operating mines on five continents, said Friday that it is ready to deal with any outbreak of coronavirus in or near its sites, building on its experience in 2014 in managing the Ebola outbreak around its operations in West Africa. While the group has increased its site-specific emergency response plans, it has not yet introduced travel restrictions. Barrick also confirmed in a statement on Friday that supplies to its mines had not been affected and that the company was increasing its stock of key products above normal levels.