Coronavirus infects greater than 1K staff at world’s high surgical glove maker
The world’s largest maker of surgical gloves is briefly closing greater than half its factories regardless of document demand — as a result of greater than 1,000 workers examined constructive for the coronavirus, authorities mentioned Monday.
High Glove in Malaysia has racked up document earnings this yr as demand for protecting gear skyrocketed through the pandemic.
However greater than 1,000 staff examined constructive for the coronavirus Monday — accounting for a lot of the document surge within the nation and forcing the corporate to comply with briefly shutter 28 of its 41 Malaysian factories.
In whole, at the least 2,500 circumstances have been linked to the realm’s cluster, officers mentioned.
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“Primarily based on recommendation from the ministry of well being, it was agreed at a particular assembly at the moment to close down 28 High Glove factories … in phases to permit the employees to bear assessments and quarantine,” Protection Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob mentioned Monday.
High Glove mentioned in a press release it could “cooperate absolutely with the related authorities to implement the momentary stoppage,” and plant closures had begun.
About 5,700 staff have already been screened and the remaining can even bear assessments, it mentioned.
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High Glove didn’t say how the closures would have an effect on its skill to satisfy orders. The corporate is normally capable of produce 70 billion gloves a yr.
Lots of the firm’s staff are from Nepal and dwell in crowded dormitory complexes.