Last week, Proton confirmed that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, and it appears more have been infected. The national carmaker just sent us an update on the situation, mentioning that 49 other employees have tested positive for the virus.
According to Proton, all 49 of the infected are from the Engineering Division in Shah Alam, and all of these cases have been reported to the authorities. In light of this, the company “has requested all non-essential personnel who work within the Shah Alam facility to work from home as a precautionary measure.”
Proton added that it has been adhering to official protocols concerning COVID-19 prevention, and it will continue to do so with more stringent actions to ensure no further spread of the virus. “Contact tracing is ongoing and a COVID-19 team is monitoring the situation very closely,” the company added.
If you’re wondering if this will affect the official launch and production of the Proton X50, the carmaker did not elaborate on this. But based on our earlier report, production of the B-segment SUV shouldn’t be affected, given that it is assembled at Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant in Perak.
As for the local launch of the Proton X50, it remains to be seen exactly when it will take place, given that Selangor, KL, and Putrajaya are still under CMCO until 27 October. Rest assured, we will keep a close eye on any news related to the X50.