Coronavirus case confirmed at Samsung's mobile device factory in South Korea

Samsung has confirmed that one of its employees working at its mobile device factory in Gumi City, South Korea has been infected with coronavirus. The company says it has already closed that facility and the shutdown will last until Monday.

In a press statement, the tech giant announced that other workers who came in contact with the infected employee have been put under self-quarantine. They will also be tested for possible infection. The floor where the infected employee worked has also been shut down until February 25, Tuesday.

The Gumi factory is responsible for producing smartphones meant mostly for the domestic market of Samsung. That said, the company will continue operations at its chip and display factories in other parts of South Korea.

Coronavirus has disrupted the tech community over the past couple of months, most notably when tech companies such as LG, Nvidia, ZTE, and Ericsson have started withdrawing from the Mobile World Congress that was set to take place in Barcelona later this month. Samsung was also reported to be cutting back on its MWC presence due to safety concerns related to the virus. Eventually, the GSM Association decided to cancel the event entirely following an escalation of "global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak".

Source: Reuters

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