Lockdowns and uncertainty have helped prop up the precious metal, but as economies are reopening, gold prices are coming down.
People are buying up gold as an investment, and trying to stave off inflation as the pandemic wreaks havoc on economies.
Rising fears of a pandemic, which US health authorities have warned is likely, had already wiped more than $3.6 trillion from global stock markets by Wednesday's close.
The accident happened at around 2pm in Kampene, 180 kilometres south of town of Kindu, when "dozens of people, including children and pregnant women" were at work on the site, a civil society campaigner said.
As the government decriminalised gold digging in the country three years ago, violence perpetrated by robbers and mining mafia is on the surge. Many miners now carry machetes for self defense.
Democratic Republic of Congo opposes Canada’s Barrick Gold to have stake in the Kibali mine owned by the state as a result of the acquisition of Randgold Resources.
Gold and oil will extend their gains on Monday when markets open for the first time since Western powers launched a missile attack on Syria, but equities are unlikely to suffer big losses.
Turkish athlete Ramil Guliyev won gold in the 200 metre sprint in London. It was Turkey's first ever men's gold at the World Championships.
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