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KFC employee is “diagnosed with coronavirus” because the company closes thousands of restaurants in China

KFC employee is “diagnosed with coronavirus” because company closes thousands of restaurants in China and introduces “contactless” supplies to fight infection spread

  • Employee at fast food restaurant ‘diagnosed with coronavirus’, local media state
  • Reportedly, a KFC employee who prepared food and served customers was infected
  • Company that runs a franchise in China closed its 9,200 points of sale because of virus fear
  • Yum China introduced ‘contactless’ food supplies to prevent the spread of diseases

It is reported that a KFC employee in China who works with food preparation and serves customers at the counter has been diagnosed with corona virus.

The infected staff member worked according to local media in the fast-food chain of fried chicken in Xian, Shaanxi province.

The office for pneumonia and control in the Yanta district has identified the patient as working at the eatery in the Xiaozhai Intime shopping mall.

According to China News, the employee worked ‘at the reception’ at the end of last month and ‘the most important work was preparing meals’.

KFC is one of the US franchises in China that have temporarily closed restaurants due to fears of spreading the corona virus that killed more than 800 people.

Today, more than 37,000 fatal infection cases have been confirmed worldwide, affecting 25 countries.

Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food restaurant in Xian, China, where an employee who became infected with coronavirus worked

Yum China, which operates Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, as well as KFC, announced the closure of its 9,200 outlets after the disease seized China.

Operating in more than 1,300 cities in China, the company said its profits would be severely affected by the outbreak this year.

KFC said it could not say exactly when the restaurants would reopen and that more stores could close.

Last week, the Shanghai-based company launched what it calls “contactless” delivery to prevent the virus from spreading through food delivery.

Videos on the Chinese social media site, Weibo, showed that delivery people had to measure their temperature before putting on Hazmat suits and face masks before disinfecting all food packages and leaving the restaurant.

Some meal deliveries come with notes about the temperature measurements of the employees who have prepared and delivered the food, reports in the local media.

Workers in protective suits wear cleaning equipment to disinfect trains at a maintenance depot in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China, last week

Workers in protective suits wear cleaning equipment to disinfect trains at a maintenance depot in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China, last week

Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China, said in a statement: “Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and customers.

‘We have implemented various preventative measures in our restaurants and other workplaces to protect our employees and customers.

“We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and respond accordingly.”

The company said in a statement on the 2019 financial results: “The outbreak may cause the company to experience operational losses for the first quarter of 2020.”

The Chinese Ministry of Finance said today that all levels of government had allocated a total of $ 10.26 billion to fight the corona virus.

The ministry will use the means to ensure that citizens can afford a diagnosis and treatment, it said in a statement.