03 March 2020
Samsung has decided to temporarily shut down the Galaxy Z Flip factory as one of its workers has been found to be Coronavirus infected. The plant is situated at Gumi City, South Korea and is primarily used for manufacturing premium smartphones. It was used for producing the original Galaxy Fold and is also being used for the second foldable smartphone.
The decision was taken to close operations at the plant over the weekend with a possible resumption of work from Monday i.e. today. It has been reported that the infected employee has been quarantined and access to the floor where he was working is off-limits until February 25th. He is said to be a part of smartphone production's wireless division.
Samsung has also issued precautionary advisories to help other employees prevent themselves from getting infected. It has advised them to carry a personal mask to the work whenever it will be resumed. It has asked them to avoid domestic travel and make use of video calls for business purposes.
Coronavirus attack is reported to have killed thousands of people around the world and infected way more. Its effect can also be seen in businesses in the tech industry. The annual tech event Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been canceled this year because of the epidemic. Many other tech brands are also expecting to see their supply chains getting affected in one way or another.