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Coronavirus outbreak at Philip Morris tobacco plant in Java

Indonesia has recorded 872 deaths, the largest death toll in East Asia outside China.

The cigarette factory implemented strict physical distancing protocols, temperature checks and other hygiene protocols since mid-March,  Philip Morris said.   © Reuters

JAKARTA  (Reuters) -- More than 60 workers at a factory run by the Indonesian unit of U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris have tested positive for the coronavirus after operations were suspended when two staff died from COVID-19, a provincial government official said.

PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna Tbk, one of Indonesia's largest cigarette companies, halted operations at its factory in the East Java city of Surabaya on April 26 after the two deaths, with subsequent testing revealing a coronavirus cluster.

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