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Chile maintains copper production and exports

Mining Journal - Data from state copper agency Cochilco shows output was maintained at normal levels during the first five months of the year, averaging 473,200 tonnes per month.

Chile produced 432,500t of red metal in May, but market observers are expecting these figures to fall as mining operations slow due to COVID-19 cases among miners increasing.

The country has one of the highest incidences per capita of COVID-19 infection with almost 300,000 reported cases, according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, just below the 306,000 cases of neighbour and copper competitor, Peru.

Bloomberg reported that thousands of copper workers had fallen ill in Chile, prompting unions to call for the suspension of operations at some mines. Workers at the El Teniente and Chuquicmata operations of state copper company Codelco have been particularly hard hit by the virus, according to data from the Federation of Copper Workers.

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