On Monday March 9 ST issued a statement that said it is complying with containment measures being implemented by the Italian government over the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus but that these do not require the closure of any ST site in Italy.

Northern Italy is the worst-hit region in Europe with latest figures on Tuesday March 10 showing Italy has 9,172 cases and 463 deaths. The Italian government has implemented a series of restrictive measures to try and limit the spread of the disease.

Although ST is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the historical base of the company is Agrate Brianza near Milan, inside the lockdown region. The Agrate Brianza campus hosts multiple wafer fabs and employs around 4,000 people.

In its statement ST said the company had two priorities: “First and utmost, to maximize the prevention of infection and support our employees and their families.” The second is: “Follow and execute our business continuity plans, closely monitoring the situation across our whole supply chain and working with customers, suppliers and partners.”

ST said the Italian government has not required the company to close its factories and that the Italian government had indicated to the National Association of Italian Industries (Confindustria), that people and goods (inbound and outbound) should be allowed to commute and travel based on working habits and needs.

ST added that the government has said that companies should encourage home working, where applicable, and ST said it has been doing that since the end of February.

The statement concluded: “We have not recorded – and we do not foresee – any material disruption to our operations in Italy, which are running regularly.”

However, the situation is fast-moving and on Tuesday March 10 the Italian government restricted travel more generally across Italy, and banned public gatherings. Similarly, air travel to and from Italy has been curtailed by many airlines leaving some people stranded.

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