The Italian oilfield services company Saipem has drastically reduced operations due to an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in Italy, including in Lombardy, where its offices are located.
Since February 21, all Saipem employees in regions affected by the coronavirus have been ordered to stay at home and avoid social contact.
The company's offices in Milan were sanitized over the weekend, according to a Saipem press release. "These actions will be repeated daily in all the company's work areas," Saipem said.
In addition, " all trips abroad, as well as to and from the regions of maximum risk, have been canceled or minimized," the press release said.
The company adheres to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, as well as the regions in which cases of coronavirus are registered in order to "guarantee maximum health and safety for its employees, customers and suppliers."
Saipem is looking for ways to reduce the physical presence of employees in offices without harming the business, the press release said.
A total of 323 cases of human infection with coronavirus have been identified in Italy, including 10 deaths. According to data on Tuesday evening, the most tense situation developed in the regions of Lombardy (240 cases of infection and nine dead) and Veneto (43 cases of infection and one dead). In addition, coronavirus was also detected in Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Lazio, Trentino-Alto Adige, in Liguria, in Tuscany and in Sicily.