iPhone Camera Supplier LG Innotek Shuts Down a Factory Due to Coronavirus Case

iPhone camera module supplier LG Innotek has closed one of its factories after a worker tested positive for coronavirus, reports Reuters. Located in Gumi, South Korea, the factory is close to Daegu, where most of the South Korean coronavirus cases have been confirmed. A company official stated that the plant will be closed on Monday for disinfection.

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The report also mentions that Samsung has also been forced to shut down one of its factories in Gumi due to a worker contracting the virus.  The factory will not fully reopen until Tuesday.

LG Innotek is an important supplier for Apple, and it remains questionable as to whether or not the factory will reopen on Tuesday.  If the shutdown remains brief, there will unlikely be any major impacts on ‌iPhone‌ production.

Just a few days ago, Tim Cook did an interview with Fox Business in which he expressed optimism about things returning to normal. In regards to China, Cook said it "feels to me that China is getting the coronavirus under control." Apple has even begun sending care packages to those affected in the Hubei and Wenzhou provinces in China.

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FreakinEurekan Avatar
12 months ago


The virus dies at 27C I hear. Guessing that the summer will eradicate it.

That.... makes no sense. Body temperature is 37c, virus seems to deal with it pretty well.
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cmaier Avatar
12 months ago


People hear strange things ... or wrong things ...

That’s the whole “it will go away when the weather gets warmer” theory being spread by certain people that cannot be mentioned except in a specific section of these forums.
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[AUT] Thomas Avatar
12 months ago
If I'm not mistaken, these rooms are clean rooms. Can't have any dust in the camera assy. As such I would expect they have HEPA filters, gloves, masks and general protection (something to wear on the head avoiding loss of hair in the work area). Contracting the virus on the actual work place should be rather difficult.
Areas of risk would be the cantina and locker rooms.


The virus dies at 27C I hear. Guessing that the summer will eradicate it.

No, it doesn't... Body temp is 36,5°C. >37°C is considered fever. 40°C is high fever. Temperature is unlikely to kill it under normal circumstances. However, what makes a huge difference is that in summer, people are generally in better shape, people are spending more time outdoors (rather than crowded indoor areas), the UV part of sunlight is basically sterilizing exposed areas and last but not least the climate is in favor of a healthy respiratory system (no cold, dry air). So, summer does turn the odds in our favor, but it doesn't prevent the virus. What I could imagine is that in summer there will be much higher percentage of cases that go unnoticed or mild. But that's just speculation at the moment... Time will tell.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold is a good reference.


if it doesn’t manage to mutate by then.

https://nextstrain.org/ncov ...likely not in a way that it will be a game changer.
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FlyingDutch Avatar
12 months ago
The title is a click bait: according to the official statement they are closing just on Monday for disinfecting the buildings.
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cmaier Avatar
12 months ago

Thomas, post: 28253443, member: 1021539"]
If I'm not mistaken, these rooms are clean rooms. Can't have any dust in the camera assy. As such I would expect they have HEPA filters, gloves, masks and general protection (something to wear on the head avoiding loss of hair in the work area). Contracting the virus on the actual work place should be rather difficult.
Areas of risk would be the cantina and locker rooms.
No, it doesn't... Body temp is 36,5°C. >37°C is considered fever. 40°C is high fever. Temperature is unlikely to kill it under normal circumstances. However, what makes a huge difference is that in summer, people are generally in better shape, people are spending more time outdoors (rather than crowded indoor areas), the UV part of sunlight is basically sterilizing exposed areas and last but not least the climate is in favor of a healthy respiratory system (no cold, dry air). So, summer does turn the odds in our favor, but it doesn't prevent the virus. What I could imagine is that in summer there will be much higher percentage of cases that go unnoticed or mild. But that's just speculation at the moment... Time will tell.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold is a good reference.
https://nextstrain.org/ncov ...likely not in a way that it will be a game changer.

Re: the clean rooms - there are different classes of clean rooms (depending on how many parts per million of particles are acceptable) with different protections and outfits. Not sure what class this would be. But I can see getting sick in any case - the masks are not likely the kind of mask that would stop virus transmissions. I’ve worked in actual semiconductor clean rooms and the masks are certainly not medical quality in the ones I’ve been in.
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cmaier Avatar
12 months ago


Yes, and also full of water. Perhaps warmer weather will kill virus because it desiccates faster?

Why are we just making things up now?
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