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Coronavirus Impact: Nokia shuts plant in Tamil Nadu after some employees test positive for Covid-19

Nokia on Tuesday said it suspended operations at its telecom gear manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu last week after some employees tested positive for Covid-19. "We hope to resume operations soon at a restricted level with skeletal staff strength," the company said.

27th May 2020 | 11:53 AM (IST)
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Nokia last week suspended operations at a telecoms gear manufacturing plant in southern India, the company said on Tuesday, after some employees tested positive for Covid-19.

Nokia did not disclose how many workers at the plant in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu tested positive, but a source familiar with the matter said they were at least 42.

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The company said it had already implemented measures such as social distancing and changes to canteen facilities.

The factory had begun operations in a restricted manner over the past few weeks, Nokia said in a statement, after India eased the world's biggest lockdown to kick-start its Economy which has been pummelled by the shutdown.

"We hope to resume operations soon at a restricted level with skeletal staff strength," Nokia added.

Chinese Smartphone maker OPPO last week suspended operations at a recently re-opened plant on the outskirts of New Delhi after at least nine workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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The outbreaks at Nokia and OPPO underline the challenges of easing the two-month nationwide Lockdown.

India on Tuesday recorded a total of 145,380 Coronavirus infections and a death toll of 4,167, comparatively low figures for the world's second-most populous country.

 

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27th May 2020 | 11:53 AM (IST)
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