JOHANNESBURG, July 23 (Reuters) - A worker at a Zhejiang
Huayou Cobalt Co mine in Democratic Republic of
Congo has died of COVID-19 and another confirmed COVID-19 case
is being treated in hospital, provincial governor Jacques
Kyabula Katwe told Reuters.
The employee was the first mineworker to die from COVID-19
in the province, the governor said. Production is continuing at
Huayou's subsidiary Congo Dongfang International Mining (CDM),
and the governor said he sent a team to the site to screen and
test contacts of the infected workers.
Congo is Africa's top producer of copper and the world's
main source of cobalt, accounting for two-thirds of global
supplies of the metal used in smartphones and electric car
Huayou, China's top cobalt refiner, mines and sources cobalt
in Haut-Katanga province through subsidiaries CDM and Minière de
Huayou produced 25,000 tonnes of cobalt in 2019, of which
about 21,400 tonnes came from its Congo operations.
Huayou Cobalt declined to comment.
(Reporting by Helen Reid in Johannesburg, Additional reporting
by Min Zhang in Beijing; Editing by Kim Coghill)