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Mexico’s mining industry has restarted operations on Monday after halted activity for two months to protect its employees from COVID-19 pandemic.


About 370,000 mining workers will return to its activities in the country, Javier Villarreal, the deputy secretary of work at the national level for the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), told media outlets


Grupo México miner, the largest copper producer in Latin America, has announced on Monday that is restarting operations after suspending activity due to COVID-19 pandemic. The miner did not disclose if it had affectations in its production due to the suspension of activities.


The mining production has been affected over the last months due to the effects of COVID 19 pandemic. Mexico’s automotive, mining and construction industries have permission to restart production before June 1, provided they comply with health and safety protocols to protect its employees from COVID-19 pandemic.


About 18,560 companies including firms from the automotive, mining, and construction sectors have comply with health and safety protocols to restart operations. Of this amount, 10,228 companies are from the construction industry, 5,773 firms are from transport sector, 2,264 are mining companies and 295 correspond to other sectors, the government said on May 29.


Mexico’s automotive, mining, and construction industries have restarted operations despite the cases of COVID-19 in the country continue increasing. Mexico has more than 90,664 cases, according to official figures on Monday, June 1. 


Mexico’s mining production decreased by 4.4pc in March this year compared the same month the prior year, driven by lower demand of coke, iron ore pellets, among other minerals.



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