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Coronavirus Hits Korean Tech: Samsung Factory Shut Down

Samsung Electronics has shut down its mobile device factory complex in the South Korean city of Gumi, after one of the workers tested positive for coronavirus.

The world’s top smartphone maker said the floor where the infected employee worked would be shut down for about a month.

“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,” Samsung said.

Samsung’s factory in Gumi accounts for a small portion of its total smartphone production. It makes high-end phones, mostly for the domestic market. 

Gumi is close to the city of Daegu, home to a church at the centre of South Korea’s largest coronavirus outbreak.

Production of Samsung smartphones in Vietnam has also been hit, with Hanoi officials saying there are problems accessing tech component supplies from China.

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