Maruti and Hyundai employees test positive for Covid – 19 after restarting of operations1 min read . Updated: 24 May 2020, 09:50 PM IST
The incidents bring to light the risk of infections affecting even those following the strictest safety protocols
Some workers at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and Hyundai Motor India Ltd factories in Haryana and Tamil Nadu tested positive for coronavirus, soon after the two automakers resumed reopened their facilities following a gap of about two months.
Though the incidents have not impacted production, but they have brought to light the risk of infections spreading even those following the strictest safety protocols. Recently Chinese phone maker Oppo had to suspend operations at a Greater Noida factory after some staff tested positive for coronavirus.
A spokesperson for Maruti said one employee of the company’s factory at Manesar tested positive on Friday for covid-19 and his last attendance in the plant was on 15 May.
“There is no impact on our business operations. There may be a possibility of a second case of infection that has just been reported. More information is being sought. The firm has undertaken a contact tracing exercise and out of abundant caution, all staff who possibly could have come in contact have been advised to stay in home isolation," the spokesperson said.
Both Maruti and Hyundai have started vehicle production from May after keeping their factories shut since 23 March. With the rising number of cases across the country, manufacturers are likely to face such disruptions in their operations once they resume production. In the first week after commencement of production, three employees showed symptoms of cough and cold and were immediately asked to meet the medical expert team for further evaluation, said a Hyundai Motor India spokesperson.
‘They subsequently tested positive for covid-19 and immediate medical attention was provided to them. All three employees are recovering fast towards normalcy and as per safety protocol essential information was shared with the district health authorities," added the spokesperson.