June 30, 2020 – International (or Inter) underground diamond mine resumed operations on June 30th at 00.00 am local time (GMT+9) after a short downtime.
This decision was made by the management of the Mirny Mining and Processing Division as the majority of workers and contractors were tested negative for COVID-19. The laboratory in Yakutsk confirmed 12 cases of COVID-19 among the mine employees which are being treated now. Test samples with controversial results were re-sent for verification.
Mine’s operations resumed in a two-shift mode. Mine staff doesn’t meet with contractors working at surface facilities and the headcount of the latter reduced to a minimum. Employees of the mine waiting for the confirmation of test results remain furloughed.
The company's management also notes that regular testing for coronavirus will continue until the stabilization of the COVID-19 situation on the national level. The company will pay special attention to all cases of flu and acute respiratory infections among personnel and provide testing for COVID-19 to ensure health and safety of workers and their families.