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Chilean copper miner Codelco says to cut operations as coronavirus spreads

SANTIAGO, March 18 (Reuters) - Chilean copper miner Codelco said on Wednesday it would reduce its operations to comply with a state of catastrophe announced by the government in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The miner, the world's biggest of the precious red metal, said it would maintain "operational continuity" for a period of 15 days from March 19.

(Reporting by Aislinn Laing Editing by Chris Reese)