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Barrick Niugini Limited, the operator of the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province, has suspended incoming international travel for its workforce effective Friday.

The move is in line with the Government health and safety advice in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation.

Executive Managing Director Anthony Esplin said the company had advised employees and public officials that incoming international flights would cease.

He said only a limited number of outgoing flights would continue in order to repatriate some personnel to their home countries.

Mr Esplin said everyone has a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of the COVID-1.

He said the precautionary restriction on travel is one way in which the company can assist the State in fighting this disease.

Mr Esplin said they did not anticipate any major impact on production from these changes because only a small number of the overall workforce are from overseas.

He said Barrick Niugini Limited’s in-country management and operations division would continue to operate the mine safely during this period. 


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