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800 SK hynix workers in self-quarantine over new coronavirus

All News 10:04 February 20, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., the world's No. 2 memory chipmaker, said Thursday that about 800 workers at its South Korean headquarters have been self-quarantined as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, although such a move is not affecting its factory operations.

SK hynix said roughly 800 workers at its Icheon campus, about 70 kilometers south of Seoul, have been ordered to put themselves into self-quarantine after it found that one of its new recruits had been in close contact with a novel coronavirus patient in Daegu.

South Korea's health authorities on Wednesday reported more than 10 coronavirus infections in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, alone.

SK hynix said it closed the company's education center on Wednesday and sent 280 new recruits home.

The company said one of its new recruits showed symptoms of pneumonia and was transported to a nearby hospital for the novel coronavirus tests. The company also shut down its in-house clinic that the new recruit had visited.

SK hynix, however, said such measures are not affecting its factory operations. The company employs some 15,000 workers at its Icheon campus.

This undated photo shows the corporate logo of SK hynix Inc. (Yonhap)


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