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COVID-hit Taiwan chip company scrambles to rehouse migrant workers

King Yuan faces government deadline to improve pandemic measures

A migrant worker at King Yuan prepares to move to a new dormitory in Miaoli County, Taiwan, on June 22. (Photo provided by a King Yuan worker)

TAIPEI -- King Yuan Electronics Co., the first Taiwanese tech company to report a cluster of COVID-19 infections, is struggling to relocate hundreds of migrant workers to new housing in line with government requirements for improving its coronavirus prevention measures.

The chip testing company, better known as KYEC, was ordered to reduce the number of migrant workers sharing a dormitory room after hundreds of cases of coronavirus were linked to company earlier this month. Failure to do so means the company -- a key supplier to Intel, Nvidia and MediaTek -- will not be allowed to fully resume production. KYEC hopes to undergo a government inspection and receive the greenlight to have all workers back on production lines by the end of this week, Nikkei Asia has learned.

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