Amazon says it has briefly stopped taking orders on some non-essential merchandise on its websites in Italy (amazon.it) and France (amazon.fr) as a part of its efforts to comprise the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
“As clients use e-commerce to assist their social distancing efforts, we too have carried out social distancing steering inside our success facilities to maintain our staff protected and wholesome,” a spokesperson for Amazon in Italy mentioned in an emailed assertion to The Verge. Clients can nonetheless order many of those merchandise from third-party sellers who’re capable of ship on to clients, the spokesperson added. Important merchandise would come with meals and hygiene objects, he mentioned.
The corporate says the measure will permit “success middle associates to deal with receiving and delivery the merchandise clients want most right now.”
A discover on Amazon.it on Saturday learn: “We’re prioritizing probably the most requested merchandise and a few objects could also be briefly unavailable. We recognize your understanding right now after we prioritize the merchandise that clients want most. All orders already confirmed will probably be delivered commonly.”
Not less than 5 staff at Amazon warehouses in Europe have examined constructive for coronavirus, Bloomberg reported. Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Italy went on strike March 17th to protest what they noticed as insufficient motion by the corporate to guard them from an infection.
Italy has been one of many areas hardest-hit by the coronavirus with greater than 53,000 individuals contaminated and greater than 4,800 useless, according to the New York Times. On Saturday alone, the nation reported its largest single-day enhance in infections, with 793 new circumstances.