Samsung refrigerator production line restarts, worker suspected to have COVID-19 tests negative

Samsung Electronics said that it restarted its refrigerator production line in South Korea earlier today. Yesterday, the company had to temporarily shut down the manufacturing facility as one of its workers was suspected of having come in contact with the COVID-19 virus. However, they were later tested negative for COVID-19.

On Thursday, one worker from Samsung’s subcontractor at its refrigerator manufacturing plant in Gwangju, South Korea, was suspected of having contracted COVID-19. The facility, which is situated 330 kilometers southwest of Seoul, was shut down, and all the workers were asked to go home. The disinfection process was completed as well. Now that the test result of the patient has turned out to be negative, work at the factory has resumed.

Meanwhile, Samsung SDS, Samsung’s IT and services business, had to close its office building in Seoul after one of its workers was tested positive for COVID-19. The company’s air conditioner production facility, which is nearby, has been working as usual. In the past, the company had to close various manufacturing facilities due to COVID-19 cases and government-induced lockdown measures.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the South Korean tech giant’s business. The sales of its smartphones and TVs have dropped, but the company has been able to offset lower earnings by its improving business in the memory chip segment, thanks to rising demand for computers, servers, and cloud infrastructure.


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