March 19, 2020 / 1:20 PM / 10 days ago

UPDATE 1-Chile´s Codelco says sales, shipments of copper not yet hit by coronavirus

(Updates with additional context)

By Fabian Cambero

SANTIAGO, March 19 (Reuters) - Chilean state miner Codelco said on Thursday that sales and shipments of copper had not yet been impacted by the spread of coronavirus, even as it took precautions to ensure the safety and security of its workers.

The world´s largest copper miner told Reuters it had secured its supply chain and key inputs like sulfuric acid ahead of the outbreak, ensuring operations could continue.

On Wednesday, the company announced a plan to scale down operations to contain the spread of the virus and adhere to new restrictions announced by Chile´s government.

Chile is the world´s top producer of the red metal.

Besides Codelco, the mineral-rich nation is home to massive copper mines run by BHP, Teck, Glencore Plc , Freeport-McMoRan Inc and Antofagasta Plc , several of which have already announced strict virus-control measures at their sites. (Reporting by Fabian Cambero; writing by Dave Sherwood, Editing by Edmund Blair and David Gregorio)

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