MARCH 25 (UPI) — SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY COMPANY SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS INC SAID WEDNESDAY IT HAS DECIDED TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ALL OF ITS RETAIL STORES IN BRAZIL TO HELP CURB THE SPREAD OF THE NEW CORONAVIRUS. Samsung said all of its retail stores in Brazil would be closed until further notice. During this period, consumers can purchase the company’s products online.
On Tuesday, the company decided to suspend operations at its Manaus manufacturing plant in the Amazon region of northern Brazil from Tuesday to Sunday.
Although Samsung chose to close its Manaus plant in northern Brazil, the decision did not affect its production operations in Campinas. In the city, the company’s work procedures are still in place, with only employees in the office and research and development departments required to work from home.
Samsung’s biggest Latin American market is Brazil, which has gained high consumer demand for mid-range and high-end smartphones, home appliances and QLED TVs.
Samsung has closed some of its manufacturing plants and stores around the world as a result of an outbreak of pneumonia from the new coronavirus infection.
On Monday, Samsung Electronics said it would temporarily close its factory in India, the Noida smartphone plant near New Delhi, until March 25 because of the outbreak.
In addition to its plant in India, the company decided this week to temporarily close its TV manufacturing plant in Slovakia.
Earlier, South Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics had to temporarily close some factories in China because of the Chinese New Year holiday and the outbreak of a new coronavirus. Similarly, these South Korean companies have extended their Spring Festival holidays due to the spread of the new coronavirus. However, the companies resumed operations at their plants in China on February 10th.
Last week, Samsung announced on its U.S. and Canadian websites that it had closed all its stores in the U.S. and Canada to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus.
The company said it had a “top priority” for “the health and safety of its employees, customers and partners,” a measure that took effect on March 17. (Little Fox)