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Samsung shuts down its research lab after case of COVID-19 infection


Last updated: November 18th, 2020 at 08:14 UTC+02:00

Samsung said earlier today that it had to temporarily shut down one of its research centers due to a case of COVID-19 infection. The company has ordered all the employees who work at the research center to work from home until the end of this week to contain the virus’s spread. Even the company’s rival firm LG reported a positive case of coronavirus at its research center in Seoul.

A case of COVID-19 infection was found in its research center in Suwon, South Korea. One of the workers at the research center was tested positive for the deadly virus on Tuesday. The company said that it is following all the procedures to contain the virus, including getting everything sanitized and testing workers who were in contact with the infected employee. This is the second case of a COVID-19 infection at the Suwon research facility, and the first case was found five months ago.

Earlier, COVID-19 cases were found in Samsung’s research center in Seoul and manufacturing plants in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, and Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province. The South Korean tech giant was the first company to have a private COVID-19 testing lab at its plant. There was also a COVID-19 positive case at Samsung’s factory in Poland.

While Samsung had to shutter its offices, stores, and factories in various countries worldwide in Q2 and Q3 of this year, the company still came back strongly. It defeated Apple in smartphone sales in the US and Xiaomi in India. It reported the highest-ever quarterly earnings during Q3 2020, thanks to a boom in memory and storage chip sales, smartphones, and tablets.

Via General Samsung Research
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