Designer Giorgio Armani at the Emporio Armani fashion show as part of the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 on September 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images)

Fashion brand Armani said on Thursday it would start making single use medical overalls for hospital workers at all its Italian factories.

The group – whose brands include Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani – said they would be used for “the individual protection of healthcare workers engaged in the fight against the Coronavirus disease.”

Founder Giorgio Armani has donated 2 million euros ($2.2 million) in recent weeks to hospitals around Italy, including Bergamo and Piacenza in the hard-hit north, the company said.

The company operates four factories in Italy, a spokeswoman told AFP. Like many other fashion brands, Armani has in recent years moved much of its production out of Italy to other countries where labour costs are lower.

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