March 31 (UPI) — Samsung Electronics said Tuesday local time that a worker at its Gyeonggi-do-Hing chip factory in South Korea tested positive for a new coronavirus, but the plant’s capacity was not affected, according tomedia reports. This is the first time that employees at Asamsung’s chip factory have been tested for a new type of coronavirus. Samsung’s smartphone factory in the southeastern South Korean city of Turtle Tail has been temporarily shut down after several confirmed cases of a new coronavirus.
Samsung’s chip factory capacity has been largely unaffected, despite concerns about supply chain disruptions that have led to recent chip price increases.
“An employee of our chip factory in Chixing, South Korea, tested positive for the new coronavirus,” Samsung said in a statement. The person who has had close contact with the employee is currently self-isolated and the employee’s work area is closed and disinfected. Samsung added that the factory’s cleanrooms were still running.