The year 2020 has arguably seen one of the worst three months of the decade as the Corona Virus outbreak that initially came out of Wuhan is now having massive global ramifications. India, being one of China’s closest neighbour has surprisingly not reported as many cases as Italy or the US. However, the Indian government is starting to take steps to lock down different parts of the country. Following these precautions, Samsung India has also announced that it will temporarily shut down its smartphone factory in India due to concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Samsung has its largest manufacturing plants in India and one of them is located at Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This facility is being shut down, however, the closure is just for a couple of days – March 23rd to March 25th. This particular facility creates over 120 million smartphones every year. The company has also directed its employees in the marketing, R&D, and sales teams to work from home.
“Following the Indian government’s policy, we will temporarily halt operations of our Noida factory until the 25th. We will work hard to make sure there is no setback in supplying our products,” a Samsung spokesperson told ZDNet.
India’s official count of coronavirus patients has been rising steadily over the past few days since the Indian government started screening of more citizens. Currently, the number stands at 425 (patients) with eight recorded deaths.
LG, as well as Vivo and OPPO, have also shut down their manufacturing operations in the country.