Glove Shortage Predicted after 2,400 Factory Workers Test Positive
In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, a worker inspects disposable gloves at the Top Glove factory in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Tuesday it expects a delay in deliveries after it was hit by a coronavirus outbreak that affected thousands of workers. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The world’s top manufacturer of coronavirus-protective gloves says production has been delayed for two to four weeks – because more than 2,400 of its workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials with the Malaysian company Top Glove say production stopped at 16 of its factories outside Kuala Lumpur last week. However, after learning about the large number of infections, the Malaysian government stepped in Monday and ordered the company to close all 28 of its factories until every last employee is tested.

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