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Top Glove goes from COVID hero to workplace health risk

Labor shortage hits Malaysian maker after virus forces lockdown in dorms

A worker inspects newly made gloves at a Top Glove factory in August 2020.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Top Glove, one of the early winners after the coronavirus outbreak, is now reeling after thousands of its workers tested positive for COVID-19, forcing many of its Malaysian factories to shut down.

The world's largest medical gloves supplier is facing a critical labor shortage after the government placed key worker dormitories under lockdown until the end of November. Top Glove says it expects subsequent production delays to affect projected sales.

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