Oct 2, 2020

Nearly 20,000 Covid-19 cases among Amazon workers

The number equates to 1.44% of its 1.37 million workers across Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods. Amazon had faced criticism from employees, unions and elected officials, who have accused the company of putting employees' health at risk. Amazon has kept its facilities open throughout the pandemic to meet a surge in demand from shoppers stuck at home. In a blog post, Amazon argued that 33,952 workers would have contracted the virus if Amazon's infection rate had equalled the wider population's, when accounting for employees' age and geography. Athena, a coalition that has opposed Amazon on a wide range of labour, planning and environmental issues, called on officials to investigate further.

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