Italian player Eni has pledged to take action as the country continues to experience the worst outbreak among European nations of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

In support of lock-down actions taken by the Italian government, Eni has partnered with the city’s largest hospital, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, to set up a Covid 2 Hospital.

The facility will be set up in the Italian capital at the privately owned Columbus hospital. The hospital, which will be operational from 31 March, will have 130 beds, including 50 intensive care beds, and will be exclusively be treating patients suffering from Covid-19.

As part of the same project, an emergency room for patients suffering from Covid-19 will be set up inside the Gemelli Polyclinic, also located in Rome.

In Milan, Eni will also work with regional hospital IRCCS Luigi Sacco to set up a new emergency room for infectious diseases.

In Pavia, also in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy, Eni will collaborate with the San Matteo hospital to set up a high-level isolation unit inside the infectious diseases department.

Through its €30 million ($33 million) total commitment, Eni also said it will be funding public information campaigns about Covid-19, as well as researching ways of using its supercomputing systems for medical research related to infectious diseases.

Chief executive Claudio Descalzi said on LinkedIn: “Italy is in the midst of an unprecedented event, which has created unforeseen challenges.

“Eni and its staff in Italy have been asked to work virtually, or via smart working to ensure that we can still provide the services and resources required by all in Italy in these testing times,” Descalzi said.

Similar moves to safeguard employees were taken by Italian contractor Saipem.

“The coronavirus outbreak emergency requires us all to react with great adaptability and flexibility by changing the way we live and work. In this moment people's health and safety are our top priority,” Saipem chief executive Stefano Cao said.

“That is why it is essential for everyone to follow the instructions provided by the authorities as we are also making possible by enacting various measures to protect our community while at the same time guaranteeing the continuity of our business,” Cao said.

Border closures and travel restrictions have been imposed across Italy in an attempt to slow the pandemic. Recent figures from Italian authorities put the number of confirmed cases at close to 25,000, with more than 1800 fatalities.