Samsung Electronics plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province, which produces the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Z Flip, has been put on a temporary lockdown as a worker has been found to have been infected with COVID-19.
The company announced on Feb. 23 that its Gumi Plant will be shut down until the morning of Feb. 24.
Samsung Electronics has sent all employees of the plant home early and instructed officials who contacted the infected worker to quarantine themselves at their homes and be examined. Gumi Plant will resume its operation in the afternoon of Feb. 24, and the floor where the infected worker was on will be closed until the morning of Feb. 25 for thorough disinfection.
Gumi Plant is Samsung’s only smartphone production base in Korea. The plant produces the recently released foldable phone Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy S20, which is slated to hit the shelves on March 6. “The plant is closed over the weekend and there will be no trouble in supplying the new models,” a Samsung official said.
As the number of infected people surged in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, companies with factories in the areas are on alert. LG Group affiliates have banned residents of Daegu and Cheongdo, North Gyeongsang Province, from entering their business sites.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Ulsan has alarmed Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and SK Energy which have large-scale factories in the city. Hyundai Motor's Ulsan Plant, which employs more than 30,000 workers, ordered a 14-day self-quarantine of employees who had visited hospitals in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province which were closed down as infected people visited there.