Taiwanese chip supply chain seeing rising COVID-19 infections

Posted on Monday, Jun 07 2021 @ 15:08 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Up until a couple of weeks ago, Taiwan barely had any COVID-19 infections. With nothing more than nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs), the island managed to keep the pandemic out of its borders. But a string of policy relaxations and new, more infectious variants, have resulted in Taiwan's biggest COVID-19 wave to date.

DigiTimes reports the ICT supply chain is now affected to as some firms are seeing COVID-19 infections among their workers. The site writes semiconductor backend houses are caught in a cluster of COVID infections, including around 180 employees of KYEC, a major service partner of Mediatek.
Taiwan backend houses caught in cluster COVID infections: Taiwan's major dedicated IC testing house King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) has been ordered by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) to have all its migrant workers undergo a 14-day paid quarantine starting today after 158 alien and 24 local employees had been confirmed COVID cases as of June 5, a move expected to significantly impact its shipments and further constrain the already tight global IC supply in the short term.
Hopefully, Taiwan can contain these outbreaks or it could have an impact on the already strained semiconductor supply chain.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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