Endeavour Mining employee tests positive for coronavirus in Burkina Faso

Endeavour Mining announced yesterday that an employee at its Houndé mine in Burkina Faso tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday and was subsequently placed under quarantine.

The employee experienced mild symptoms after arriving at the site from the UK, but didn’t show any symptoms on arrival and passed the company’s mandatory health screening. The few people who were in contact with the employee have been identified and placed in quarantine, said the gold firm.

In response to the confirmed case, Endeavour said it will increase its preventive measures by introducing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for any employees or contractors arriving in Côte d’Ivoire or Burkina Faso.

“Endeavour has not witnessed any impact to production or operations at any of its mines or exploration activities,” the company said in a statement. Endeavour also said it has enough supplies and equipment, and suppliers have confirmed placed and forecast orders are intact.

Despite this, Endeavour shares were down 20.3% in early trading as global stocks worldwide collapsed in another broad-based sell-off.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso reported its first two cases of coronavirus on March 9 and had 15 cases of the virus at last count.