An employee of Samsung Electronics, who had been on a business trip to Brazil, has been confirmed to have a new coronavirus infection. Samsung Electronics has decided to suspend operations at some of its production plants as the COVID-19 proliferation is growing in Brazil.
According to industry sources on March 24, an employee of Samsung Electronics' Gumi wireless business division was confirmed as COVID-19. The employee was quarantined at his home after a month-long business trip to Brazil from April 13 and was tested for COVID-19 and got positive judgment.
Seven confirmed cases were reported at the Gumi workplace, but the plant was not shut down because it was confirmed during self-isolation.
In addition, Samsung Electronics recently decided to suspend operations at its Manaus plant in Amazonas from March 24 to 29 due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections in Brazil.
Samsung Electronics operates factories in Manaus and Campinas, Sao Paulo, and Manaus factories produce smartphones as well as TVs and home appliances.
Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics explained that the move is a preemptive measure for the health and safety of its executives and employees and does not have any connection with the employee from Gumi who had been on a business trip to Brazil.
"Manaus factory took preemptive measures according to the recent situation, and the fact that the employee of the Gumi office went on a business trip is far ahead of the time, and the confirmation of the decision was also found after the measure," a Samsung Electronics official said.