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Billions of won, facilities donated for those affected

Corporations stepping up to provide support and space for the ill

Mar 05,2020
Samsung Electronics’ employee training center in Yeongdeok, North Gyeongsang. [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]
More Korean companies are providing support for people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Kakao is committing 2 billion won ($1.7 million) in cash and 2 billion won worth of shares donated by Chairman Kim Beom-su.

A number of charities will receive the support, including Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association, the Beautiful Foundation, Korea Association of Social Welfare Centers and the Childfund Korea.

“The decision was made to help combat the impact of the coronavirus, and Kakao will continue to incorporate technology and platforms to bringing in more people to help,” the company said in a statement.

Samsung Electronics dispatched health professionals to its training center in Yeongdeok, North Gyeongsang, a location the company offered as a care center for those with mild cases of the coronavirus.

Doctors and nurses from Samsung Medical Center volunteered for the duty. The professionals will monitor the health conditions of the patients and their temperatures.

LG Display is offering a dormitory and training center in the North Gyeongsang region, an area hit hard by the virus, to accommodate people with mild symptoms of the coronavirus. The dormitory, which is located in Gumi, North Gyeongsang, has 383 rooms.

The 2,500-square-meter (269,010-square-foot) facility can accommodate up to 499 people.

The training center is in Uljin County, North Gyeongsang, and has 167 rooms.

The location will be used to house people with mild cases, and health professionals will provide support remotely.

Halla Group, a machinery-focused group, donated 500 million won on Tuesday to Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association.

Tire maker Nexen Tire offered 200 million won the same day to the Daegu branch of the Korean Red Cross.

Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance has offered 100 million won, while SBI Savings Bank donated the same amount to the Community Chest of Korea.

Lotte Hi-Mart, an electronics goods retailer, offered items such as hand sanitizers to 200 households.

Hana Bank is offering consulting services to people affected by the outbreak.

PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]


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