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Two Karawang factories locked down after dozens of employees infected

Jakarta Post - August 27, 2020

Jakarta – Two factories in Karawang, West Java, have been locked down for 14 days by the local administration in response to a report that dozens of employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Karawang COVID-19 task force spokesperson Fitra Hergyana identified the two factories, owned by PT DNP and PT Exedy Manufacturing. They are both located in Karawang International Industrial City.

"However, in urgent situations where factories' machines are unable to be turned off, we can give permission [for a limited number of staff to work] under the condition that they follow health protocols," he said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Fitra added that 34 employees working for PT DNP – a plastic packaging manufacturer – had tested positive for COVID-19. PT Exedy Manufacturing, an automotive tools manufacturer, reported that fifteen employees and family members had tested positive.

After receiving the reports, the task force inspected the two factories to determine if health protocols had been implemented.

"PT DNP has adhered to health protocols. Meanwhile, PT Exedy Manufacturing failed to provide handwashing stations," he said. "But the company's management has said they are ready to abide by health protocols."

Previously, a factory belonging to consumer goods giant Unilever in Cikarang, West Java, and one belonging to Tobacco giant HM Sampoerna in Surabaya were closed because employees tested positive for COVID-19. (trn)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/27/two-karawang-factories-locked-down-after-dozens-of-employees-infected.html