BUSINESS NEWS | Ferrari Rolls Our Coronavirus Testing To Get Staff Ready For Work

MILAN | ITALY – Workers at Ferrari are signing up en masse for voluntary coronavirus screening so they can return to work as soon as possible in an ambitious scheme that could serve as a blueprint for manufacturers desperate to resume production.

Under its ‘Back on Track’ project, Ferrari staff, families and suppliers first take blood test to see if they’re clear and will then be given an app which will alert them if they’ve been in close contact with any scheme members who contact COVID-19.

As manufacturers in Europe and North America scramble to find ways to restart their businesses while keeping the virus out of production sites, Ferrari’s scheme to test workers and track possible cases of COVID-19 is being closely watched.

The aims is to ensure only healthy staff resume work but if someone does get the disease, their close contacts will be alerted by the smartphone app to stay away from the plant until they’ve been given the all clear.

‘We’ve all understood we’re not indestructible’, said Alberto Zanetti, head of the UILM union in northern Italy’s Modena province, which is home to Ferrari’s Maranello plant. ‘Workers want to get tested’.

Ferrari said 500 out of the 4,000 workers at its Italian plants in Maranello and Modena had already taken tests and the company had the potential to do about 800 a day.

‘This screening will allow us to take an initial picture of the health status of the tested company’s population’, said Ferrari’s head of human resources Michele Antoniazzi, adding that almost everyone offered a test had agreed to have one.

The blood tests show whether an employee is healthy, or might be infected. In the second case, they then need a swab test to confirm whether they actually have COVID-19.

Under the scheme, Ferrari will also give specific insurance coverage to those hospitalized after testing positive and will arrange temporary accommodation and medical assistance for anyone who has to self-isolate.

For now, Ferrari’s plants remain shut along with other businesses in Italy deemed non – essential. But the carmaker say its scheme developed with virologist will help provide a safe working environment as soon as restrictions are eased.

Anonymity Guaranteed

Union boss Zanetti said the aim was to protect individual production units from the spread of the virus and that he expected more than 90% of employees to take tests. ‘Other companies are calling us to see how it works’, he said.

Ferrari only produced just over 10,000 of its luxury sports cars last year so its initiative might not easily transfer to bigger automakers that churn out millions of vehicles a year.

However, Ferrari Chairman John Elkann is also chairman of auto giant Fiat Chrysler and he said Ferrari would share the project results. Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, controls both companies.

Gaestano Gargiulos, who works in the R&D department in Maranello where prototypes of Ferrari’s ‘Prancing Horse’ supercars are built, said he had taken the blood test.

‘I did it early in the morning and by 4 p.m. I’d received the response on my mobile’, said Gargiulo, who is also part of an internal safety group appointed by fellow workers. ‘I was very happy to do it, for me and my family. I know that many colleagues are pushing to do it as soon as possible’.

Gargiulo is also optimistic his fellow workers will agree to adopt the smartphone app when it’s launched. ‘People are looking at it as a positive thing. As they agreed to take the blood test, they’ll also use the app’, he said.

Ferrari’s app adheres to an European initiative called Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing, which is designed to track transmission chains of COVID-19 without infringing individual privacy.

The Ferrari app was developed by tech startup Bending Spoons in Milan, the same firm picked by the Italian government to create a national tracking platform as part of efforts to lift the nationwide lockdown.

Antoniazzi said the app would only track contacts users have had with others in the scheme using Bluetooth technology and would not record movement. Data collected will also be managed by a company outside Ferrari.

‘People will be guaranteed anonymity and therefore privacy’.

UAE Names ADNOC Chief Jaber As COP28 Climate Conference President

PARIS, France – The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday that Sultan al – Jaber, the head of state oil giant ADNOC, would act as president of the COP28 climate conference it is hosting this year. Jaber, also UAE’s minister of industry and technology and its climate envoy, will help develop the COP28 agenda and…

Saudi Arabia To Host Pre-Pandemic Numbers For 2023 Haj Pilgrimage Season

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia will remove COVID-19 restriction for the 2023 haj season and host pre-pandemic numbers of pilgrims, the kingdom’s ministry of haj and umrah said on Monday. In 2019, the last yeast before the pandemic struck, some 2.6 million people performed the haj. The kingdom allowed only limited numbers from its residents…

UAE President Congratulates Netanyahu On Inauguration

PARIS, France – United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al – Nahyan called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his inauguration, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Saturday. Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister on Thursday in a comeback at the head of a hard-right cabinet…

Former Pope Benedict Dies Aged 95

PARIS, France – Former Pope Benedict, who in 2013 became the first pontiff in 600 years to step down, died on Saturday aged 95 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican where he had lived since his resignation, a spokesman for the Holy See said. ”With sorrow I inform you that Pope Emeritus, Benedict…

Ronaldo Joins Saudi Arabian Club Al Nassr Until 2025

PARIS, France – Portugal capital Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on a 2-1/2 year contract, the club announced on Friday, after leaving Manchester United to become a free agent. Ronaldo departed Old Trafford last month following an explosive television interview in which the 37-year-old forward said he felt betrayed by the…

Pele, Who Died At 82, Was A Sports Star And Cultural Icon

PARIS, France – The Brazilian soccer star said Andy Warhol told him that. It was a twist on something else the American artist is widely credited with saying, that ”in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. Warhol made the soccer star’s portrait in 1977, and Pele took great pride in turning his…

Unemployment Among Saudi Citizens Increase To 9.9 In Q3/22

PARIS, France – Unemployment in Saudi Arabia among citizens increased to 9.9% in the third quarter, up 0.2. percentage points from the previous quarter but the overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.9 percent, data released on Thursday showed. The rate of joblessness among citizens fell from 11.3% in the same period last year, however,…

Messi To Return To PSG In Early January, Says Galtier

PARIS, France – Lionel Messi will return to Paris St Germain at the beginning of January, the Ligue 1 club’s manager Christophe Galtier said on Tuesday. The Argentine forward, seven – times Ballon D’Or winner, scored two goals to lead his country to victory over France on penalties in the World Cup final nine days…

Iranian Woman Competes At Chess Tournament Without Hijab – Media Reports

PARIS, France – An Iranian chess player has taken part in an international tournament without a hijab, according to media reports, the latest several Iranian sportswomen to appear at competitions without one since anti-government protests began. Iran has been swept by demonstrations against the country’s clerical leadership since mid-September when 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Masha…

Qatar Reiterates Denial That Its Government Involved In EU Corruption Case

PARIS, France – Qatar reiterated on Sunday that the country denies any involvement in a corruption case being investigated by Belgian authorities involving people linked to the European Parliament. Belgian authorities have charged four people linked to the European Parliament over allegations World Cup host Qatar lavished them with cash and gifts to influence decision-making.…


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s