Top Glove confirms 17 employees positive for Covid-19 since January

The affected employees were asymptomatic and most of them did not have a fever, says the glovemaker

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE

TOP Glove Corp Bhd said 17 of its employees, or less than 0.1% of its total workforce of 21,000 people, tested positive for Covid-19 since January 2020.

The glovemaker said in a statement yesterday the affected employees were asymptomatic and most of them did not have a fever.

It added that they were isolated following a swab test taken on Monday and admitted to the hospital for treatment after their results came back positive.

“Deep cleaning and thorough sanitisation of the affected factory, living quarters and company vehicles have been carried out in accordance with guidelines from the Ministry of Health.

“In tandem, contact tracing is underway and employees in close contact with the affected employees have been tested and put on home quarantine pending results,” the group said.

Top Glove also noted that this has had no impact on the group’s operations thus far.

The group had reiterated the safety and wellbeing of its employees and external partners are of utmost importance, and it had implemented various standard operating procedures to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

This includes the registration of employees and visitors, and temperature checks before they are allowed to enter Top Glove’s premises.

Additionally, the rubber glovemaker stated it has also enforced the usage of face masks for everyone on the company’s premises, placement of markers for physical distancing, and the provision of hand sanitisers at various locations.

At the end of yesterday, Top Glove’s shares closed 2.47% or 20 sen higher to RM8.30, valuing the company at RM68.01 billion.

Read our earlier report: 17 Top Glove employees tested positive for Covid-19 since January