Ok Tedi crew tests negative for coronavirus

OTML chartered aircrafts parked at the Tabubil Airport.

Ok Tedi Mining has confirmed negative test results for the seven individuals within the group suspected to have been affected by coronovirus.

Managing director and chief executive Peter Graham said all of the seven individuals, as well as their close contacts had been cleared after final medical checks.

Ok Tedi has stopped all its domestic flights for 14 days until April 6, following directives from the Papua New Guinea Government.

The flight ban will affect the company’s fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) crew due for break from travelling out and relief crew returning to site.

Ok Tedi had already announced on Tuesday that it had cancelled all bookings for its international travellers scheduled to return to Tabubil and arranged for return of employees and contractors wanting to travel to Australia.

The company’s registered office and senior operational management team is located in Tabubil, Papua New Guinea, with other representatives located in Brisbane, Australia.

It said that arrangement of additional international flights for Queensland-based team members would be subject to the details of the announcement from the Queensland Government to close its borders.

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