AMAZON.COM Inc is at the front line of responding to outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in the United States, delivering essential goods while about half the population faces government stay-at-home orders.

However, news reports that a handful out of Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of US warehouse workers have contracted the virus raise the potential of future site closures and operational disruptions at the world’s largest online retailer.

Amazon, which did not respond to Reuters requests that it confirm all the cases, said in a statement that it has taken preventive action and that workers’ health and safety is its top priority.

According to logistics consultancy MWPVL International Inc, Amazon has 519 facilities in its US distribution infrastructure – including fulfilment centres, delivery stations and warehouses. – March 27, 2020, Reuters

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