SEOUL: Some of South Korea’s company giants have requested employees to check themselves for COVID-19 earlier than returning to work on Thursday (Feb 3) after the Lunar New Year holidays, amid issues the break might gas the spread of the extremely infectious Omicron variant.
Kakao Corp, operator of South Korea’s dominant chat app, went additional and blocked workers from coming to the workplace for 2 weeks, because the nation’s day by day infections hit document highs.
Many folks in South Korea travelled throughout the holidays to see household, probably main to an uptick in infections.
Kakao barred workers from getting into the workplace till Feb 18 with out approval, with only a few exceptions. Even then, the worker is required to self-diagnose with a check package in a ready area and enter solely after a detrimental consequence.
After Feb 18, Kakao can even ship 10 at-home check kits, which can be utilized 20 occasions, to every worker’s residence to allow them to check themselves earlier than coming to the workplace, it mentioned in an announcement.
Energy group SK Innovation handed out at-home check kits to workers forward of the vacation and requested them to check themselves earlier than returning to work, and advisable working from residence, a spokesperson mentioned.
Battery maker LG Energy Solution additionally handed out at-home check kits to workers for them to use earlier than returning to work, a spokesperson mentioned.
South Korean authorities businesses together with the Ministry of Health and Welfare took related precautions, a spokesperson mentioned.