After announcing a temporary pause of its mining activities on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, PHILEX MINING Corp. partly resumed underground activities at the Pacdal Mine of Benguet, it reported Wednesday to the stock exchange.

The suspension happened after the positive diagnosis by some of its staff of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

After rigorous tests affecting 1,425 workers and their dependents, Philex Mining said that the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases hit 151 in its mine location.

“The overall number of active cases on the mine site is now 143 and eight cases have been retrieved. No current incidents are listed as critical cases, “said the disclosure.

“Many of the successful cases were underground workers,” he said.

The mining firm said it currently runs at 50% and plans to raise its working ability to 90% within the next three days, as long as there is no drastic spike in COVID-19 infections.

“The management expects that the activities and financial performance are minimally impacted by 2020,” the statement added.

Philex Mining has suggested that it has placed strict steps in its mining site, in specific workspaces and bunkhouses, to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 transmission.

The organization continues contract tracing to better classify staff and their dependents who might have had direct interaction with COVID-19 patients.

The organization also established precautionary steps such as the appropriate usage and disposal of face masks and facial shelters, physical distancing, 24-hour curfew and restraint of the travel outside the home, stringent examination and disinfection protocols and disinfection throughout all work areas.

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