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Amazon’s Bezos Tells Workers Coronavirus Will ‘Get Worse’

  • Co. offers double pay for hourly workers after 40 hours a week
  • Top executive warns workers face masks are difficult to find
Jeff Bezos
Jeff BezosPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos warned his company’s 800,000 employees that the coronavirus outbreak will likely “get worse before it gets better,” according to an open letter shared Saturday on his Instagram account.

The letter follows cries from U.S. lawmakers and his own employees that the world’s largest online retailer isn’t doing enough to protect its warehouse workers and delivery drivers who endanger themselves delivering products to Amazon customers looking to avoid stores.