ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) announces a 14-day lockdown of its Buchanan Concession area as part of new tougher control measures. The decision comes aftera number of additional positive Covid-19 cases were reported 16th May 2020 – all related to the initial positive case reported May 14.
All of the positive case patients are feeling well, and none is exhibiting symptoms. Authorities of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) are overseeing management of the case recorded from within the ArcelorMittal Liberia Concession in Buchanan and all related suspected cases or exposed contacts.
The company says the lockdown will begin at 3:00 PM on Tuesday May 19, 2020 and during this period, the management of ArcelorMittal Liberia will enforce a range of measures including but not limited to restriction of movement in and out of the concession- meaning there will be no entry or exits (except for essential staff) and that all private vehicles will be denied access.
Essential employees who live outside the Loop will continue to come to work, but only utilizing the company’s vehicles which will be disinfected regularly during the workday.
The company further noted that all residents in the concession will be required to remain indoors and not go beyond 2meters of their home, while domestic workers (who live outside the area) will be denied access for the 14 days.The mining company opined that to ensure strict compliance, security will be posted outside the home of any staff inisolation.
It says Ecobank and ERA supermarket branches in the Loop will be closed to the public, while employees working during the lockdown will be required to abide by all safety protocols including the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing.
The company also noted that while additional precautions are being taken to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, it is maintaining core operations and employment levels.
It added that the management of the company recognizes the threats posed by the COVID-19 and the needfor a concerted effort and has been working closely with the Government of Liberia, County Superintendents and local health authorities to combat the disease.
As a company that prioritizes the safety and well being of its staff and the public, ArcelorMittal Liberia assures of its continued commitment and support to efforts to combat the spread of the Corona virus in Grand Bassa County and across Liberia.
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries
and primary steel making facilities in 18 countries. In 2019, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $70.6 billion and crude steel production of 89.8 million metric tonnes, while iron ore production reached 57.1 million metric tonnes.