The American automaker according to a new report reaching us, has decided to send a lot of employees home from its development center close to Cologne in Germany, after a worker has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
The American automaker pledges to disinfect the work environment of the affected employee that tested positive for coronavirus
From what we learned, 30 workers out of an estimated 4,000 people were sent home from the Merkenich facility. So far, the infected employee has been under quarantine. In an official statement from Ford, the company said:
“All colleagues with whom the employee has had primary contact were identified and required to self-isolate and follow medical advice,”
The American car manufacturer also revealed its plan to disinfect the work environment of the infected employee.
“Business operations are not affected. The health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers and partners are always Ford’s highest priority.”
The Merkenich facility owned by Ford is the company’s most vital location for the development of passenger cars in Europe. This facility houses 2 test tracks, a design center, a crash laboratory, 3 wind tunnels, an exhaust emissions laboratory and an acoustic center.
Ford has sent home 300 employees following the reported case of coronavirus at its Europe Tech Center
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The company has also extended a non-essential global travel ban, starting from the 27th of March to the 17th of April this year in order to reduce any threat posed by Coronavirus on its operations. Just a week ago, 2 employees of Ford were reportedly diagnosed with the virus in China.
Stuart Rowley, who happens to be the Chairman of Ford Europe, recently disclosed that his division doesn’t have any expectation to lose production due to the outbreak of the coronavirus’
“You can only get a really firm view two weeks out, but as we look two weeks out, we’re good,”
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