Amazon stated that greater than 19,816 of its frontline employees within the US have contracted Covid-19 since March.
The quantity equates to 1.44% of its 1.37 million employees throughout Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods.
Amazon had confronted criticism from staff, unions and elected officers, who’ve accused the corporate of placing staff’ well being in danger.
But the net retailing large stated its an infection price is decrease than anticipated.
Amazon has saved its services open all through the pandemic to fulfill a surge in demand from customers caught at house.
Staying open has confirmed very profitable for the e-commerce agency, and has added to the wealth of founder Jeff Bezos, who’s the world’s richest man.
The tech large’s gross sales soared 40% to $88.9bn (£67.9bn) within the three months ending in June, and its quarterly revenue of $5.2bn (£4bn) was its greatest because the firm began in 1994.
In a weblog put up, Amazon argued that 33,952 employees would have contracted the virus if Amazon’s an infection price had equalled the broader inhabitants’s, when accounting for workers’ age and geography.
The figures embody seasonal workers and people who could have been contaminated outdoors work.
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The firm stated that it “introduced or changed over 150 processes”, distributed greater than 100 million face masks, and carried out temperature checks at its services all over the world.
Amazon stated it launched social distancing measures and extra cleansing, which “occurs across each site about every 90 minutes”.
Amazon challenged different corporations to make public their very own Covid-19 statistics.
“This information would be more powerful if there were similar data from other major employers to compare it to,” Amazon stated within the weblog put up.
Athena, a coalition that has opposed Amazon on a variety of labour, planning and environmental points, referred to as on officers to research additional.
“Amazon allowed Covid-19 to spread like wildfire,” Athena’s director Dania Rajendra stated in a press release.