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A major toll has been taken on the global technology industries by coronavirus which is resulting into the companies closing their offices and stores, limiting of the travel and bracing for disruptions to an integrated worldwide supply chain. Samsung’s latest phone also seems to have an impact of the disease.
The Korean electronics giant shuttered a factory over the weekend just weeks after unveiling the Galaxy Z Flip, in South Korea that produces that clamshell-like phone. In the South Korean city Gumi, an employee of the wireless division that’s in charge of phone production was tested positive of the pneumonia-like illness in a plant. After that incident the plant was shut down immediately.
Samsung said that one of the employee was tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday 22nd of February. It further added that the effect of the shutdown is expected to be minimal and the factory will be reopened on Monday 24th of February.
Samsung said that they consider the safety and health of their employees to be their highest priority. It further added that all the necessary measures for the containment and disinfection are to be taken promptly by the Company and it has been planning to do so.
The novel coronavirus which was originated in Wuhan city of China is now called SARS-CoV-2, and it has been said that the virus has killed more than 2,000 people so far. Furthermore the number of infected people is currently recorded to be more than 75,000. The disease is not only limited to China, the reports says that the cases of Coronavirus have also been found in regions like Australia, Africa, Middle East, US, Asia, Europe.
Facebook have called off its Marketing summit in March in San Francisco due to the fears of the coronavirus. It was expected that the summit will draw more than 4,000 people. The Mobile World Conference in Barcelona was also canceled which was scheduled for earlier in February.
Samsung isn’t the only phone manufacturer that may be affected by the illness. Earlier this month Apple said that as the coronavirus being the reason for both the decrease in the demand from Chinese customers and the impacted production in China, the company is likely to miss the quarterly revenue guidance it gave last month. Samsung mobile earlier reported the news of the closure.