Over 20 thousands of Amazon’s employees tested COVID-19 positive, Amazon confirmed

Amazon yesterday said that slightly over 19,800 of its staffs have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of March.

Data on Amazon’s 1.37 million frontline staffs, including those at its Whole Foods Market grocery stores in the United States, showed a lower infection rate than expected, Amazon said.

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The release of the figure comes as some workers in logistics centers have criticized the company’s safeguards to protect them from the pandemic as well as its reluctance to share information about colleagues who get infected.

Amazon has done testing to 50,000 a day across 650 sites, as stated by the company.

“Since the beginning of this crisis, we’ve worked hard to keep our employees informed, notifying them of every new case in their building,” Amazon said in a blog post sharing Covid-19 infection rates among its frontline workers.

If the rate of infection within Amazon and Whole Foods workers were the same as the general US population, the number of cases would have topped 33,000, as stated by Amazon.

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