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Putin sends army to fight coronavirus outbreak at Siberian gold mine

Source : 112 Ukraine

In total, 200 members of military staff, including 77 doctors and nurses, are being sent to the outbreak area
12:31, 18 May 2020

An outbreak of the COVID-19 occurred at Russia's biggest gold mine
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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin ordered the Armed Forces to send military staff and medical equipment in order to help the country’s largest gold miner, Polyus PJSC, fight the outbreak of COVID-19 at its Siberian unit, Bloomberg reports.

According to Russia's Defense Ministry, personnel and more than two tons of medical equipment (including respirators, masks, gloves, and protective suits) were delivered by aircraft to the city of Krasnoyarsk. The equipment is being transferred near the Olimpiada gold mine which is considered to be the biggest in Russia.

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The first cases of coronavirus infection at Olimpiada were confirmed earlier this month. 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 army specialists are going to organize a field camp and mobile hospital. In total, 200 members of military staff, including 77 doctors and nurses, are being sent to the outbreak area.

As we reported earlier, according to Russia's Healthcare Minister Mikhail Murashko, the situation with morbidity of COVID-19 in the country is under control.

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