Karex – the world’s largest condom manufacturer – shut down their Pontian facility after 28 employees there tested positive for COVID-19!
Find out what happened, and if you need to be concerned!
Karex Pontian Closed After 28 Workers Gets COVID-19!
On 21 December 2020, Karex informed Bursa Malaysia that they closed their catheter facility in Pontian after 28 COVID-19 cases were detected there.
They started screening their employees at all facilities from 23 November 2020 onwards, detecting a total of 35 cases :
- 28 cases at their Pontian facility on 16 December 2020, and
- another 7 isolated cases at two other condom factories.
Karex decided to shut down their Pontian catheter facility from 21 December until 24 December 2020, to allow for disinfection and sanitisation operations.
They will resume operations at Karex Pontian in stages starting 25 December 2020.
While Karex had already concluded the screening of all of their employees – over 2000 foreign and local workers – they will continue to screen for COVID-19 across their facilities.
Karex : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases
Here is the official Karex announcement on the COVID-19 positive case at their condom factories :
Karex COVID-19 Cases : Should You Be Concerned?
There is no need to be concerned, unless you supply goods to Fa factories in Shah Alam, or are in close contact with their employees.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through fomites – contaminated objects. So there is NO NEED to worry that you can get infected through Panasonic products.
Panasonic Malaysia and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) are definitely conducting contact tracing of the affected employees. Those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine, and get tested for COVID-19.
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Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotspots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
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