With the the rise of Coronavirus Digital transformation is changing every industry under the sun, and healthcare is no exception. As we move deeper into the digital technology era, we are met with a solution for not only minimizing illness but also public panic and economic crises that inevitably accompany a health epidemic.

Coronavirus has negatively affected the technology supplier chain. For past weeks i have been closely following the effect of the epidemic on digital transformation and below are some recent cases:

Samsung and LG hit with more coronavirus cases

South Korean tech conglomerates, Samsung and LG, have been hit with more cases of coronavirus at their facilities as the total number of infected continues to rise in the country.

Samsung saw two more workers at its Gumi complex become infected over the weekend, bringing the total tally there to three.

Another subcontracted worker at its semiconductor plant in Giheung has also contracted the virus, it added

Meanwhile, LG Display discovered on Saturday that an employee of a bank located at its facilities in Gumi was infected. The company has commenced disinfection procedures at its Gumi facilities with operations to be resumed on Tuesday.

Facebook Cancels F8 developer conference

On Thursday, Facebook said it is canceling its F8 developer conference, a widely anticipated event at which CEO Mark Zuckerberg updates the world on Facebook’s developments and challenges. The reason for the cancellation of the May gathering: concerns about COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Two Amazon employees tested positive to coronvirus

Reuters reported the affected employees were based in Milan, northern Italy, and are now in quarantine. As well as confirming the Milan-based employees had contracted the virus, Amazon said it was unaware of any US employees who were affected.

Impact of the Coronavirus on South Africa

“The scope for COVID-19-induced business disruption in South Africa is vast. China is South Africa’s largest supplier of imports and biggest buyer of exports. Mobile phones, for example, are South Africa’s largest import category by value from China, with the latter supplying 85% of South Africa’s mobile phone imports. A disruption in this context would have knock-on effects on the wider telecommunications sector,” states the pwc report.

PwC points out that its spread might cause significant disruption to supply chains across the globe. Wuhan itself, for instance, is a major transportation port for 6,000 companies from 80 markets across the globe, and its quarantine has already been a major disruption.

PWC recommends that businesses take stock and prepare for significant disruptions this year, through strategies like creating overviews of key suppliers, developing contingency plans, and conducting scenario analysis, among others.