BHP allocates additional funds for COVID-19 testing centres in Queensland

BHP has announced it will allocate an extra AUS$7.6 million from its recently created Vital Resources Fund to support the establishment of COVID-19 testing centres in Queensland, Australia.

The mining giant last month created a $50 million Vital Resources Fund to support regional Australian communities near its operations in the fight against the spread of the pandemic.

The Covid-19 testing centres will be located in the Queensland towns of Moranbah and Proserpine, and will be managed by private health provider Vanguard Health. These centres will enable patients to be tested after presenting clear symptoms of the virus.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said: “Our sector always has and always will put safety as its number one priority including working with health authorities to assist with greater resources during this outbreak.

“I congratulate BHP on this significant contribution into the health infrastructure of the Isaac and Whitsunday regions,” he added.

Australia has relaxed some of its social distancing measures today after seeing the local rate of new infections slow to barely 1% per day, compared to 25% a month ago when the lockdown was announced.