KUALA LUMPUR: Top Glove Corp Bhd said it has temporarily shutdown 16 facilities in Klang since Nov 18, while the remaining 12 plants in the location are operating at reduced capacities.
"With guidance from Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM), we have completed full screening of about 5,700 workers at our hostels," the company said today.
"We are committed to proceed with the KKM recommended COVID-19 screening test of the balance workers and staff of our factories in Meru, Klang," it added.
Earlier, senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the special cabinet meeting today has decided that 28 of Top Glove factories in Klang will be ordered to halt operations in stages to allow the health ministry to conduct tests and quarantine.
"With reference to the announcement by the Senior Minister today, Top Glove will work closely and cooperate fully with the relevant authorities to implement the temporary stoppage by stages of our manufacturing facilities in Meru, Klang," Top Glove said.
"Meanwhile, we will continue to adhere to COVID-19 preventive SOPs on a stringent basis. Disinfection exercises at our premises and accommodation are also conducted regularly, with all the necessary precautionary measures strictly in place," it added.
The world's largest maker of latex gloves has racked up record profits this year on sky-rocketing demand for its products and protective gear, thanks to the pandemic.
Analysts had said the curbs did not change earnings forecasts for the company but they could re-assess projections if infections at the factories rise sharply and curbs are extended.
Top Glove's factories will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, said Director-General of Health Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah.
"All those who tested positive have been hospitalised and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers," Noor Hisham said.
Most of the total 2,524 positive cases in the cluster were factory workers, with 2,360 foreigners and 164 Malaysians, he said.
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