Canada

Amazon reveals nearly 20,000 employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Amazon said Thursday that nearly 20,000 of its workers have tested positive or been presumed positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

But the online retail behemoth, revealing the data for the first time, said that the infection rate of its employees was well below that seen in the general U.S. population.

Amazon said in a corporate blog Thursday that it examined data from March 1 to Sept. 19 on 1.37 million workers at Amazon and its Whole Foods Market subsidiary across the U.S.

It said it compared the COVID-19 case rates to the general population, as reported by Johns Hopkins University for the same period. Based on that analysis, if the rate among Amazon and Whole Foods employees were the same as that for the general population, it estimated it would have seen 33,952 cases among its workforce. That is 42 per cent higher that Amazon's actual rate.

The Seattle-based company also said it is conducting thousands of tests a day, which will grow to 50,000 tests a day across 650 sites by November.

The analysis comes as Amazon, along with other retailers and meat packing plants, have been under increasing pressure by workers and labour-backed groups to go public with their COVID cases.

The secrecy has left workers at various retailers including Amazon and Walmart to become amateur sleuths in their spare time. Unions and advocate groups have taken up the cause, too, creating lists or building online maps of stores where workers can self-report cases they know about.

Football news:

Troy deeney: I was called a black asshole, and social media said it wasn't racist. Do companies even want to change this?
Miralem Pjanic: Sorry didn't trust the players at Juventus. It's a shame when people are judged incorrectly
Wenger on why he didn't mention Mourinho in the book: he Didn't want to talk about Jose, Klopp or Pepe because they are still working
The perfect project to lose money. An idea for dreamers. Tebas on the European Premier League
The Catalan authorities refused to postpone the referendum on a vote of no confidence in Bartomeu. It will be held on November 1-2
La Liga President on Messi's departure: It won't be a drama for us. And his reputation will suffer
Ronaldo is a fan of the UFC. Rooting for Khabib, training with Conor, signed up for all the top fighters