Malaysia is to close 28 factories belonging to the world’s largest maker of latex gloves after more than 2,000 workers tested positive for Covid-19. Top Glove, which has seen its profits soar this year amid global shortages of protective gear for medical staff, will shut its factories in phases in order to allow for further testing and quarantine. Noor Hisham Abdullah, the Southeast Asian nation’s director general of health, said that 2,453 employees were found to have been infected by the coronavirus out of 5,767 screened so far. “All those who tested positive have been hospitalised and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers,” he said. The bulk of cases are among foreign workers as the company recruits heavily from around the region. In a statement, Top Glove said it would cooperate fully with the relevant authorities and confirmed that it had already temporarily halted production at 16 facilities. “The safety and well being of our employees and local community is our utmost priority towards containing the situation and to flatten the Covid-19 curve,” it said.