Like many tech companies. Samsung is pitching in to fight the novel coronavirus. In addition to providing funding and medical supplies such as hygiene kits and face masks, the Korean electronics giant is also donating the hardware it is most known for smartphones and tablets. Samsung is donating its mobiles to coronavirus patients, as well as helping factories upgrade to produce face masks.
The spread of the coronavirus is taking a toll on the global technology industry, with companies shuttering stores and offices, limiting travel, and bracing for disruptions to an integrated worldwide supply chain.
Samsung, the world’s biggest phone manufacturer, has briefly shut down a factory in South Korea due to the coronavirus. It has temporarily shuttered its stores. It said it’s also mandated health screenings and temperature checks for employees. The employees have to go through the checks before entering to company facilities. The company has implemented regular deep cleaning.
Samsung donates: statement
“We are donating smartphones to patients in quarantine to help them keep in touch with their families and friends, as well as air purifiers and other appliances to hospitals and quarantine centres,” Samsung said in a statement late Wednesday.
The company further stated, “We are also donating tablets to educational institutions so that children can continue to learn outside of the classroom.” Samsung said it has also donated $29 million in funding and goods to local governments and communities.
“Because of our efforts, one of the companies was able to more than double its daily production,” Samsung said. Like other phone manufacturers, Samsung has suffered from a general weakness in the market. It is largely due to rising phone prices and consumers upgrading less often.