Italy orders shutdown of all non-essential production, but ArcelorMittal Italia to keep working

The Italian government has ordered the closure of all non-essential production operations in the country, including steelmaking, as part of the measures to battle the 2019-nCoV coronavirus pandemic, prime minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday March 21.

Flat steel producer ArcelorMittal Italia, however, will continue operations despite the new decree, the company told Fastmarkets on March 23.
Italian authorities were ordered to close all non-essential production from March 23 to April 3. The decision was made after a jump in the death toll from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Market sources said that the majority of steel companies still operating in the market will shut down their activities by March 25.

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Maria Tanatar

Julia Bolotova

March 23, 2020

13:25 GMT

London, Dnepr