COVID-19 outbreak forces world's largest latex glove maker to shut factories after more than 2,400 workers infected

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
World's top rubber glove maker closes factories
Malaysia's Top Glove expects a two-to-four-week delay in deliveries after thousands of workers tested positive for COVID-19.

The world's largest maker of rubber gloves is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak at some of its factories in Malaysia.

Top Glove Corp. says it expects a two-to-four-week delay in deliveries after nearly 2,500 workers were infected by the coronavirus.

Nearly 5,800 workers have been screened so far, according to the company.

The government on Monday ordered the 28 Top Glove factories in Klang to shut down in stages to allow workers to undergo screening and mandatory quarantine after 2,453 factory workers tested positive for the virus.

The health ministry reported 1,511 more cases in the area on Tuesday.

The cluster of positive cases is raising the possibility of supply disruptions during the pandemic.

Top Glove says it produces 90 billion pieces of personal protective gear a year and exports to more than 195 countries with more than 2,000 customers worldwide.

"Top Glove wishes to assure our customers that we are working closely with the authorities through this period towards ensuring the continued safety and well-being of our employees and local community, which remains our utmost priority," the company said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.