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COVID-19 weighing on mining exploration in Mexico, CentAm

Bnamericas - The COVID-19 pandemic is weighing on mining exploration in Mexico and Central America, with juniors halting drilling to protect the health of workers.

Juniors have downed tools at a string of precious and industrial metals projects as the virus spreads, interrupting drill programs at some key exploration hotspots.

Mexico has confirmed more than 800 cases of the novel coronavirus, with at least 16 deaths, according to World Health Organization data from March 30.

Panama and the Dominican Republic have also seen hundreds of cases, with 17 and 20 deaths, respectively, with deaths reported in Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba, among other Central American and Caribbean countries.

Most producing mines in the region are operating as normal, with exceptions including Calibre Mining’s Nicaraguan gold mines and Aura Minerals’ San Andrés gold operation in Honduras, which are suspended.

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