Coronavirus Outbreak Shuts Down Latex Glove Manufacturer’s Factories

Top Glove Corp, the world’s leading manufacturer of surgical gloves, began closing more than half of its factories in Malaysia after nearly 2,500 of its workers tested positive for coronavirus.

Top Glove Corp, the world’s leading manufacturer of surgical gloves, began closing more than half of its factories in Malaysia after nearly 2,500 of its workers tested positive for coronavirus.

The Malaysian government ordered the major PPE maker to close down its 28 facilities in phases to let factory workers undergo screening and mandatory quarantine. It was also part of the health officials’ attempt to curb the spread of infection among the company’s workforce.

According to the Malaysian Health Ministry, 2,453 of the factory workers have been infected with coronavirus after screening more than 5,700 of the company’s employees.

The ministry also witnessed a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the industrial area where Top Glove’s factories and worker dormitories are located.

“All those who tested positive have been hospitalized and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers,” said Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The unprecedented coronavirus outbreak in the area is expected to create a drastic impact on the production of the company, as it braces for the possibility of supply disruptions amid a surge in global demand for personal protective gear.

Top Gloves said it produces 90 billion gloves per year and exports to more than 195 countries, controlling more than 25 percent of the global market share for surgical gloves.

“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 top latex glove maker said in a statement.


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