On Thursday, Amazon said that more than 19,800 of its employees have been tested positive for the coronavirus, as reported by AFP. Amazon is the United States multinational technology company.
Amazon is one of the largest e-commerce with 13.7 crore workers. These also include those at its Whole Foods Market grocery stores in the United States. Moreover, Amazon said that the coronavirus infection rate is lower than what was expected. The company further said that if the rate of infection among Whole Food Workers and Amazon would have been same as the general United States population, then the number of infected people would have been greater than 33,000.
The company said that it has been doing tests of 50,000 employees each day in total of 650 sites. “Since the beginning of this crisis, we’ve worked hard to keep our employees informed, notifying them of every new case in their building,” the company said in a statement.
Amazon in a blog post also said that approximately it has invested 4 billion dollars (Rs 29,359 crore) on initiatives related to the coronavirus during the second quarter of 2020-21. Initiatives included getting products to customers and keeping their employees safe.
“We’ve distributed personal protective gear, such as masks for our employees, and implemented disinfectant spraying and temperature checks across our operations worldwide,” the company said.
The company further added that people who are diagnosed with Covid-19 are provided two weeks’ time off, excluding their other available leaves. Amazon also said it is offering health benefits to employees from the time they join.
The company said it has implemented enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures to avoid contamination. It added that all front line employees and partners who were with the company throughout the month of June will receive a bonus.
Recently, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd is offering to sell around dollar 20 billion stakes in its retail business to Amazon. The deal if got successful will turn Jeff Bezos and Asia’s richest man into allies in the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world.