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Fortuna reports death of contractor employee at Caylloma Mine

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-Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. regrets to inform of the sudden death of a 34-year old contractor’s employee at the Caylloma Mine, located in the province of Arequipa, Peru, on 5 July 2020. The family and authorities have been promptly informed.

The cause of death has not been determined at this time. In accordance with the company’s health protocols approved by the Ministerio de Salud (MINSA), the individual had completed a health check, including COVID-19 rapid diagnostic testing, which was negative for COVID-19. The company and the contractor are working closely with authorities, who have initiated an investigation into this unfortunate incident.

Fortuna reiterates its priority to safeguard the health and safety of its personnel and its local communities and, as a result, aligned with recent Peruvian government Sanitary Emergency provisions for Arequipa, the company has decided to voluntarily suspend operations for a period of approximately 2 weeks at the Caylloma Mine. The company will use this time to, among other things, sanitise and disinfect the mine site. A reduced task force will remain on site to safeguard critical infrastructure, care and maintenance, and environmental monitoring. The company is initiating the demobilisation of its on-site personnel.

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