Amazon is closing the New Jersey facility by means of December 26 as a consequence of virus spikes amongst Reuters staff

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Amazon’s logo can be seen in the company’s logistics center in Boves

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 announced Sunday that it had been cautiously closing one of its New Jersey warehouses until Dec. 26 after the number of asymptomatic positive cases increased among workers.

“Through our internal COVID-19 testing program, we have seen an increase in the number of asymptomatic positive cases at our PNE5 facility in northern New Jersey and are proactively closing the site out of caution by December 26,” said Amazon spokeswoman in a statement to Reuters.

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, does not expect this closure to have any impact on operations or delivery.

It was not reported how many workers in the PNE5 facility, a sorting center, had the disease.

However, the company said its employees are being paid for the shifts they miss due to the facility’s closure.

In October, Amazon announced that more than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline workers have contracted the coronavirus this year, up 1.44% of the total. This has been advocated by workers who have criticized the company’s COVID-19 response.

Some employees, elected officials and unions have said in recent months that Amazon put the health of its employees at risk by keeping warehouses open during the pandemic.

The company had announced that it would expand virus tests to 50,000 US employees per day by November through internal capacities.

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