KUALA LUMPUR – Top Glove confirmed that one of its employee has died of Covid-19.
This is also the first Covid-19 death involving the world’s largest glove manufacturer since the outbreak hits its employees quarters and factory since October.
The manufacturer said that the death involved a 29-year-old Nepali worker who worked at its factory in Klang.
The factory and employee dormitory of Top Glove in Klang have become the biggest coronavirus cluster in Malaysia with over 5,000 infections and 94 percent of them are foreigners, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on 1 December.
On 9 December, Top Glove announced that 5,147 employees in its Klang factory have been tested positive of Covid-19.
Top Glove produces a quarter of the world’s rubber gloves consumption, at about 250 million gloves per day.
It owns 47 factories with 41 in Malaysia and the remaining in Thailand, China and Vietnam. 36 percent of these factories produce rubber gloves.
Top Glove also has 16,000 employees and half of them are from the factories in Klang.
On 23 November, the Malaysian government instructed Top Glove to shut its factories in stages so that all employees can go for the Covid-19 screening.
The Department of Labour also found that the employees’ accommodation provided by Top Glove is dense, uncomfortable and lack of proper ventilation. –MalaysiaGazette