Samsung Electronic s said on Tuesday that one of its chip factory workers in South Korea had tested positive for coronavirus , but its output has not been affected. This is the first time a Samsung chip factory employee has tested positive for the virus, although several confirmed cases at the tech giant’s smartphone factory in South Korea’s southeastern city of Gumi resulted in a temporary suspension. Chip factories have been largely unaffected by the pandemic which started in China, although concerns over supply disruption have contributed to recent price rises. Samsung to shift some smartphone production to Vietnam due to coronavirus “One of our employees at our Foundry fab in Giheung, Korea, has tested positive with Covid-19,” Samsung said in a statement, referring to the respiratory disease caused by the virus. “Those who had been in close contact with the employee are currently in self-isolation and the employee’s work area has been closed off for disinfection,” Samsung said, adding that clean rooms remained in operation. South Korea, which once posted the biggest outbreak outside China, has seen cases easing in recent weeks. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 78 new cases on Monday, at least 13 of whom were people who arrived from abroad. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.