S. Africa's mining giant suspends major operation amid pandemic

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CAPE TOWN, May 16 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's mining giant Impala Platinum (Implats) has suspended one of its platinum mines due to "a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases" among its workers, the company said Saturday.

Implats in a statement said it has identified 19 positive cases, all asymptomatic, over the past week at the Marula Mine in Limpopo Province.

Of the 19 cases, 14 were identified following proactive testing of employees returning to work, one was detected as a primary contact and the other four through contact tracing, it said.

The infections included a local health provider and four mine-employed health providers working at the mine's clinic, it said.

All the 19 patients have been immediately isolated, it added. Enditem

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