Last week, Samsung temporarily closed down one of its factories in South Korea following a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. More recently, LG did the same with one of its display factories. But this was reportedly done not because one of the company’s staff caught the deadly bug.
Reuters reports that the facility was closed following the infection of a worker in a neighbouring bank. Both were also located in Gumi, the same city as the Samsung plant.
Naturally, LG temporarily suspending operations of its display plant will affect the production of its phones. But many other brands like Apple makes use of the company’s displays. As a result, the delay will likely affect a lot more phones than just the company’s own.
Meanwhile, another division called LG Innotek has also shut down. This division supplies camera modules for Apple’s iPhones, among others. In this instance, one of the company’s own employees caught the deadly flu bug.
Both Display and Innotek arms will be closed today, the latter to be disinfected. They are expected to resume operations tomorrow. Of course, LG could decide that the situation warrants a longer suspension for the safety of the staff under its employ.