Putin sends army to tackle virus spread in Russia’s biggest gold mine

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the army to send military staff and medical equipment to help the country’s largest gold miner, Polyus PJSC, which Siberian unit has been strongly hit by Covid-19, Bloomberg reported.

The mine, which employs more than 3,400 people, including some accommodated in shift camps, has proven and probable reserves of 26 million ounces of gold. The number of infections has risen to 866, Polyus CEO Pavel Grachev told journalists while visiting the mine, RIA Novosti reported. That’s almost half of total infections in the Krasnoyarsk region. There’s no risk that the mine will stop operating, and shift workers are being isolated before starting work, Grachev said.

The army specialists will organize a field camp and mobile hospital. As many as 200 military staff, including 77 doctors and nurses, are being sent to the outbreak area, the defence ministry said on its website. More than 2 tons of medical equipment, including respirators, masks, gloves and protective suits, were delivered by aircraft to the city of Krasnoyarsk.

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