Amazon workers sort and pack items at a fulfilment center in 2019.

AFP/Getty Images Inc. on Thursday said more than 19,000 of its workers — out of the 1.37 million it employs worldwide — have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed to have had the virus.

“We have been conservative in this analysis. First, we cast a wide net by including both confirmed and presumptive cases in the Amazon figures,” the e-commerce giant said in blog post disclosing a data analysis. “Second, actual COVID-19 rates in the general population are greater than the official counts because not everyone in the general public gets screened for symptoms or tested. “


employees are regularly screened for symptoms and are increasingly being tested at work, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms, to identify asymptomatic cases, according to the company.

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