Second TSMC employee with COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, May 27 2021 @ 17:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Ten days ago, we wrote about the COVID-19 spike in Taiwan. Up until earlier this month, the island managed to keep the virus out of its borders remarkably well, but now the country is facing tougher restrictions to get case numbers down.

Yesterday, Taiwan recorded 635 new COVID-19 cases. In total, the island registered 6,091 cases since early 2020, most of these infections have occurred within the past couple of weeks.

DigiTimes reports two workers of TSMC have tested positive for COVID-19. The news site reports over 10 other employees, who made contact with the confirmed COVID-19 patients, are required to quarantine.
TSMC said it is monitoring constantly those in quarantine for symptoms and provide necessary assistance. The foundry is also keeping a close eye on the pandemic development to make rolling updates on its precautionary measures.

TSMC has already imposed measures against COVID-19, such as WFH and rotational work schedules for segregated teams.
At the moment, TSMC's fab operations are unaffected by Taiwan's worst COVID-19 wave to date. But there are worries that rising numbers could be yet another peril for the semiconductor supply chain. Forced shutdowns in Taiwan could further aggravate the current semiconductor shortages.




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