Nearly 20,000 Amazon employees tested positive for the corona virus between March and September. The American web store giant announced the infection numbers in a blog, after criticism from employees and politicians that the company does not provide enough disclosure about corona cases in the workplace.
A total of 19,816 of Amazon employees from “the front line,” that is, working in delivery, distribution centers or Whole Foods supermarkets, have been infected. Out of a total of 1.4 million employees, this is a percentage of 1.4 percent, according to the tech company.
This spring, workers and unions in multiple countries strongly criticized Amazon for doing too little to prevent coronavirus outbreaks in busy distribution centers. The company itself emphasizes investing heavily in testing. By November, the company wants to have enough capacity of its own to conduct 50,000 corona tests every day at 650 locations.