Race on to Limit Virus After Case at Giant Mining Conference

By Jacqueline Thorpe and Aoyon Ashraf

An international mining conference attended by more than 23,000 people in Toronto is at the center a new case of coronavirus with the potential for global spread.

A man in his 50s tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the convention, which ran from March 1 to 4. The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada bills its mining convention as the world’s biggest and it was attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Brazilian and Chilean mining officials and visitors from all over the world.

“As we know, that is a massive international conference with many countries represented and many, many individuals there,” Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health at the local health authority in Sudbury, said in a news conference Wednesday.

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