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  • Lithium America’s Corp (TSX:LAC) announces suspension of construction at the Cauchari-Olaroz project in Argentina 
  • Argentinian Government enacted the Urgency Decree yesterday, which immediately quarantined the country 
  • Argonaut Gold Inc (TSX:AR) has implemented protocols to minimise COVID-19 risks at mines in Mexico 
  • Canadian Palladium (CSE:BULL) has just suspended exploration work in Canada, due to related concerns
  • Argonaut Gold (AR) is down 8 per cent, with shares trading for C$1.01,  
  • Canadium Paladium (BULL) is up 1 per cent, with shares trading at $0.067
  • Lithium America’s (LAC) is down 3 per cent, with shares trading at $3.45

Several Canadian miners have been caught up in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with mines being shut as numerous countries lock down.

Lithium America’s Corp (TSX:LAC) will suspend construction at the Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project, as the Argentinian Government restricts movement in response to COVID-19.

The Government has ordered mandatory self-isolation of all persons in the country until March 31.

The Argentinian Government has enacted the Urgency Decree, ordering, amongst other things, a national quarantine.

This means the C$400 million lithium project has stalled out, for at least the next 14 days.

Lithium America’s CEO and President Jon Evans said they were in the process of removing over 1000 construction workers from the project.

“Our development of this world-class lithium project is well advanced and we would expect to be able to resume construction once the suspension is lifted,” he said.

The company has said this may delay the completion date of the project.

Other companies across Latin America are making moves to secure production.

In related news, Argonaut Mining (TSX:AR) have announced their locking down their mine sites in Mexico, in a desperate bid to keep production going.

The company is currently operating several mines in Mexico, as well as exploration projects in Canada and the US.

Pete Dougherty, President and CEO of Argonaut said the company recognised the seriousness of the pandemic.

“While we have not experienced a known or suspected case in the company to date, we have been and will continue to take precautionary measures.

“The health and safety of our workforce is paramount and we want to continue to maintain a safe work environment,” he said.

Canadian Palladium Resources Inc (CSE:BULL) has also just announced it will suspend exploration operations in Ontario.

The company’s diamond drilling program has been suspended, and their workforce sent home.

Argonaut Gold (AR) is down 8 per cent, with shares trading for C$1.01 at 12:01pm EST

Canadium Paladium (BULL) is up 1 per cent, with shares trading at $0.067 at 12:01pm EST

Lithium America’s (LAC) is down 3 per cent, with shares trading at $3.45 at 12:01pm EST

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