Samsung Electronics will shut down one of its plants in Brazil for the time being, following the plant closures in India and Slovakia.
"We have decided to stop the operation of our plant in Manaus, Brazil from March 24 to 29," Samsung Electronics said on March 24. “However, its plant in Campinas, Brazil which produces smartphones will operate normally.” The Manaus factory produces smartphones, TVs, and home appliances. It supplies products to the entire region of South America as well as to Brazil.
Samsung Electronics said that the plant suspension was a preemptive measure for the health and safety of its employees. The measure came after an official of Samsung Electronics’ plant in Gumi, Korea was confirmed to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus after his visit to the Brazilian plant. This was the first time that a Samsung employee who had traveled abroad was infected with the virus. The official made a business trip to Brazil for one month from Feb. 13 and has been staying home since returning to Korea.
Samsung Electronics plans to carry out intensive quarantine work at the plant after its closure.
The company stopped production of smartphones in India and TVs in Slovakia to prevent the spread of COVID-19.