Gem Diamonds to keep Letšeng running amid Lesotho lockdown

They also coincide with Lesotho’s alarming number of covid-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks after high numbers of workers travelled home from South Africa for the Christmas holidays.

Restrictions come amid an alarming number of covid-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks.

According to the latest figures from the National Covid-19 Secretariat (Nacosec), Lesotho had 6,241 cases as of Wednesday, up from 2,137 on December 1. The country has a population of about 2 million.

Gem Diamonds noted it will continue to implement measures for the regular testing and protection of all of its mining staff and contractors, as required by law and strict health and safety measures put in place at the beginning of pandemic.

Lesotho’s measures include banning all outbound international travel by Basotho except for those who have visas for the countries they were travelling to, as well as negative covid-19 certificates. Inbound international travel by foreign nationals would also be banned.

Most businesses would be closed, except those considered to be in the essential services category.

Letšeng is the world’s highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine. It is also one of the world’s highest diamond mines, as it is located an average elevation of 3,100 metres (10,000 feet) above sea level.

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