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Russian Mine in Quarantine, after Hundreds Infected with COVID-19

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In this handout photo taken from video footage, medical workers record s video appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Armavir, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (Grigory Kramchanin via AP)

MOSCOW — The Russian military has set up a quarantine facility at a Siberian gold mine where hundreds have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

The Olimpiada mine in the town of Yeruda has emerged as a top spot of contagion, with more than 800 workers testing positive for COVID-19.

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it has set up a quarantine camp capable of accommodating 2,000 people. Those who get sick will be treated at a nearby field hospital set up by the military, which has sent 77 medics and hundreds of support personnel to the mine to deal with the outbreak.

Russia has ranked second behind the United States in the number of infections, with more than 300,000 coronavirus cases.