Samsung confirms coronavirus case at South Korean factory

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Samsung has closed down a factory in South Korea after a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The facility in Gumi, near the southeastern city of Daegu, was closed until early Monday morning and the floor on which the affected employee was working on will remain shut until early tomorrow.

“The company has placed colleagues who came in contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection,” a spokesperson told Reuters.

However, the Gumi factory is obligated to a small portion of Samsungs’s total device output. Most of Samsung’s product production is carried out in India and Vietnam. Coronavirus could disrupt the entire mobile Technology industry

The confirmed cases of the virus have risen to over 80,000 in China and it is fastly spreading to other countries. Iran, Italy and South Korea are reporting a serious increase in the coronavirus cases.

China, which is known to have some of the largest manufacturing industries worldwide could be greatly affected by the outbreak.

A lot of organizations have instructed their employees to work from there homes and minimize travel. However, the technology sector is at a critical stage as it is subjected to some restrictions.

Foxconn, which is a key assembler for many major device manufacturers, hopes to resume 80% production by next month (March).

However, there could be a big impact on China’s bid to be a leader in 5G. China is responsible for making the next-generation network an economic priority, although the release is being affected by logistical and manufacturing issues not least the deployment of fibre cables that support radio infrastructure.

Huawei, however, has said the outbreak will not affect its ability to supply its customers with 5G equipment.

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