Tesla Factory Is Infected With New Coronavirus Cases
As expected, considering Elon Musk's stance on the lockdown.
Elon Musk’s stance on lockdown in the US isn’t a secret. He has made it very clear on Twitter what he thinks about it. But, it seems like his stance on the matter is now proving costly. This is because news is coming out of the Tesla Factory that several workers have tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Tesla’s Factory is in trouble
The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) told Vox Recode that some of the employees at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California have tested positive for the Coronavirus. However, ACPHD did not reveal how many the exact number or identity of those employees. Now, COVID-19 is very common all around the United States, but this puts Elon Musk in an awkward position because of how publically he was against a lockdown.
Other than Vox Recode, the Washington Post also reported that there are several Coronavirus cases at the Tesla Factory in Fremont and the nearby seat-assembly factory. Now, this especially looks bad on Elon Musk, who openly defied local authorities to open his factories. First, he reluctantly closed them down back in March. But, in May he openly defied the authorities and opened the factories. The ACPHD eventually allowed Musk to open the Tesla factories, provided he implemented the safety measures.
However, an anonymous worker told Electrek that the measures fall short. He said:
We’re still working on top of each other. All they do is make us wear a mask in a hot factory. They take our temperature and have us use hand sanitizer when we walk in. But obviously, that isn’t working.
Looking at this, it’s no surprise that COVID-19 cases emerged in Tesla’s factory. But, why was Musk so determined to open them in the first place?
Why is Elon Musk against the Coronavirus lockdown?
Simply put, it’s for the profits. Elon Musk was probably under a lot of pressure for reopening Tesla’s factories because of the pending orders of the new Model Y. Preorders began in March of 2019, but the shutdown delayed the production. However, it’s sad to see that the lives of workers are being put on the line for the sake of cars.
This pressure might be the reason why Elon Musk has been so vocal against the Coronavirus lockdown and shutdown. He has openly tweeted that the “Coronavirus panic is dumb” and that the shutdown is “fascist“. This might explain his stance to reopen the Testa factories, but is it okay to open them at the risk of the virus spreading? Let us know what you think in the comments.