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88 workers at Nippon Oilseal Kogyu factory in Cikarang COVID-19 positive

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 31, 2020   /   03:18 pm
88 workers at Nippon Oilseal Kogyu factory in Cikarang COVID-19 positive Aerial view of an industrial zone (Shutterstock/Aeraw)

At least 88 workers at a factory belonging to automotive spare part manufacturer PT Nippon Oilseal Kogyu in the Cikarang industrial zone of Bekasi, West Java, have contracted COVID-19.

The Bekasi COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Alamsyah, confirmed the news via a short message on Monday.

“[The manufacturer has] closed some of its units,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Six of 88 workers had already recovered from the disease, he said.

Sixty-eight of the infected people were Bekasi residents, while the remaining 20 were from outside the region, Alamsyah added.

The industrial zone recently emerged as a COVID-19 cluster with dozens of confirmed cases. 

Last week, the Bekasi administration announced 242 new cases at LG Electronics’ factory, while some 71 cases had as well been reported from motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki in the same area in mid-August.

A factory run by consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia in the Cikarang industrial zone had to be closed temporarily in July after it had become a coronavirus cluster. A similar move was taken by Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi Ltd in July. (vny)