Amazon says more than 19,800 U.S. workers have contracted COVID-19 since March.
That’s 1.44% of the 1.37 million employees of Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods. The retailer has faced criticism from employees, unions and officials who accused the company of endangering employees. But the e-commerce giant says the infection rate among staff is more than expected.
Amazon did not shut down its manufacturing facilities throughout the pandemic to meet the surge in demand from home-stranded buyers. Lockdown proved to be very lucrative for the e-commerce firm, increasing the wealth of founder Jeff Bezos, making him the richest man in the world.
The tech giant’s sales rose 40% to $ 88.9 billion in three months.