Amazon forced to shut warehouse due to coronavirus outbreak

Amazon Inc has been forced to shut its sorting facility in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, after seeing an increase in asymptomatic positive cases of coronavirus amongst workers.

“Through our in-house COVID-19 testing program, we detected an increase in the number of asymptomatic positive cases at our PNE5 facility in northern New Jersey and have proactively closed the site until December 26th out of an abundance of caution,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement.

The online retailing giant said it didn’t anticipate any impacts to its operations or deliveries due to the shutdown.

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Amazon said that its employees will be paid for the shifts that they miss because of the shutdown of the facility.

In Germany there are also reports of mass outbreaks of coronavirus across the retailer’s distribution centres.

According to German daily newspaper Welt, an Amazon distribution centre in the German region of Hannover has been hit with a coronavirus outbreak, with 125 of the facility’s 900 employees reportedly infected.

Local health authorities are believed to have launched an inspection into the Garbsen centre last week after detecting a sharp rise in cases.

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