AngloGold Ashanti Ghana has confirmed that an employee at its Obuasi Gold Mine in Ghana, has tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. The employee, the mining giant said in a statement, is a Ghanaian who lives in the mine’s accommodation and who recently returned from travel abroad.
“All necessary protocols were immediately activated as soon as the employee presented himself to medical staff with flu-like symptoms. The employee is in self-isolation in his home under close monitoring by health professionals,” the company said.
Earlier this afternoon, government’s health authorities confirmed four more cases have been registered in the country, which brings to a total of six confirmed cases in the country.
The Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, at a press briefing said three of the cases were recorded in Accra while one other was recorded in the Ashanti Region but all the new cases were also imported into the country.
AngloGold Ashanti assured that it is working closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service to trace all people with whom the employee may have been in contact.
Those who have been in contact with the employee will undergo self-isolation and be closely monitored by healthcare professionals as per the national protocol, it added in the statement.
“The Obuasi mine site’s response plans have now been activated. Non-essential staff will work remotely until further notice. Production from the mine will continue alongside construction work related to the Obuasi Redevelopment Project,” the statement added.
It went further to say that AngloGold Ashanti Ghana remains in a state of high-alert and preparedness to deal with the global challenge presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The company has also stepped up screening and surveillance of employees, banned non-essential travel, instituted a mandatory two-week self-quarantine for any arriving travelers and increased hygiene awareness and facilities across its operations, in addition to a range of other measures taken to mitigate the risks presented by the virus.